Gov. Tom Corbett’s job approval rating is in positive territory for the first time in months according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac. By a narrow 40 percent to 38 margin, bolstered by his handling of Hurricane Sandy, voters say he’s doing a good job.
It’s a 6 point swing in Corbett’s favor since the pollster last asked the question in mid-October. Then, voters disapproved his performance 42 percent to 38. It continues a trend of improvement for the Governor.
His approval is 42 percent to 38 percent among men and split 37 percent to 37 among women. Independents also split 37 percent to 37.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,489 registered voters via live interviews on land lines and cell phones from Nov. 9 to 13. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percent.
“With positive marks for his handling of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Tom Corbett moves from a negative job approval to a break-even,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “They give President Barack Obama even better scores.”
74 percent of voters said Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy was “excellent” or “good,” compared to 61 percent for Corbett.
The numbers were in positive territory for every elected official they surveyed.
Barack Obama: 52 percent approve, 45 disapprove.
Bob Casey: 49 percent approve, 37 disapprove.
Pat Toomey: 43 percent approve, 28 disapprove (and it’s 42 percent positive, 35 negative in Philly alone).
The pollster also looked at Hurricane Sandy and whether voters viewed the storm as being related to climate change.
While 63 percent of voters are somewhat or very concerned about climate change, only 43 percent say Sandy was a result of it. 51 percent said it was not related.