He’s undone by his poor job approval rating. Just 24% of registered voters approve the job he’s doing as Governor, versus 65% who disapprove.
Independents disapprove 67% to 17%. Even most Republicans disapprove his job performance, 51% to 37%.
There is no significant difference between Corbett’s approval among men and women.
Former Auditor General Jack Wagner, who has floated a possible 2014 bid but not announced, does the best against Corbett. Wagner leads by 20 points, 50% to 30%. Voters have a favorable opinion of Wagner 23% to 22%.
Former Dep’t of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger leads by 19 points, 51% to 32%. Voters view him unfavorably, 17% to 9%.
State Treasurer Rob McCord leads Corbett by 19 points, 50% to 31%. Voters view him unfavorably, 17% to 14%.
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz leads Corbett by 15 points, 48% to 33%. Voters view her favorably, 22% to 20%.
Former DEP Sec. Katie McGinty leads Corbett by 15 points, 47% to 32%. Voters view her unfavorably, 16% to 14%.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski leads Corbett by 12 points, 45% to 33%. Voters view him unfavorably, 18% to 10%.
Former Revenue Sec. Tom Wolf leads by 12 points, 44% to 32%. Voters view him unfavorably, 16% to 9%.
“[Corbett’s] unpopularity is enough to give the Democrats leads of 22 to 39 points with independents,” writes pollster Tom Jensen. “They also earn an astonishing 23% to 27% of the GOP vote, with Corbett taking only 9% to 13% of Democrats.”
The pollster did not test Corbett against Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz or Cumberland County Pastor Max Myers.
PPP surveyed 693 Pa. voters from Nov. 22 to 25 via IVR. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7%.
Note: Tuesday’s PPP survey announcement includes 3 polls: 1 of registered voters, one of Democrats, and one of Republicans. This article cites figures from the survey of all Pa. voters.