Corbett’s Numbers in Negative Territory
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Governor Corbett campaigned on his willingness to make tough choices, and the latest numbers from Public Policy Polling bear out the political risks of those decisions.
According to survey results released this afternoon, Corbett has the approval of 35 percent of voters and the disapproval of 46 percent. That’s a tic worse than the results of their April poll (34 to 44 percent).
However, these results seem to mitigate the conclusion by Quinnipiac pollsters in mid-June that Corbett’s problems derived from a severe shortage of support from women. According to this poll, the rate is about the same (women: 31 percent approve, 43 percent disapprove, 26 percent don’t know; men: 39 percent approve, 49 percent disapprove; 13 percent don’t know).
The voter registration breakdown in the poll was 50 percent Democratic, 39 percent Republican and 11 percent Independent/Other.
A few other notes in the poll –
Pat Toomey is in positive territory, about where you’d expect a freshman member of Congress. 30 percent approve of his performance while 29 percent disapprove (32-31 in April). 41 percent don’t have an opinion.
Democrats enjoy a 46 to 40 percent advantage in a generic congressional ballot. For comparison, the GOP enjoyed a 48 to 39 percent advantage in a PPP survey in August of 2010.
68 percent of Pennsylvanians favor some sort of legal recognition of same sex unions (32 percent support gay marriage, 36 percent are for civil unions).
PPP surveyed 545 Pennsylvania voters from June 30th to July 5th. No interviews were
conducted on July 3rd or 4th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.2%. This poll was
not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are
conducted through automated telephone interviews. PPP is a Democratic polling
company, but polling expert Nate Silver of the New York Times found that its surveys in
2010 actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates.