The F&M poll shows that just 25% of registered Pa. voters believe the Governor deserves re-election. 64% said it’s time for a change. Fewer than half of Republicans, 48%, said he deserves re-election.
25% rate his job performance as excellent or good, while 71% said he’s doing a fair or poor job. It’s a few points worse than Corbett’s performance rating in F&M’s February survey.
He was net negative among every demographic group surveyed, including Republicans (58% fair/poor vs. 39% excellent/good).
On an itemized list of issues, Corbett’s most common grade was a ‘C’ on 7 topics including improving the economy or improving public education. His second most common grade was ‘D’.
That’s the lowest of any Pa. Governor in the 20 years F&M has been keeping track.
The Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College polled 526 registered voters from April 30 to May 5 via live interviews to landlines and cell phones. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.3%. 50% of respondents identified as Democrats, 37% identified as Republicans.
Voters’ opinion of Corbett personally is slightly better, but still negative: 29% favorable, 48% unfavorable.
President Barack Obama is also upside down in the survey. 44% say he’s doing an excellent or good job; 55% say he’s doing a fair or poor job. Personally, he’s viewed favorably 52% to 43%.
Senator Bob Casey (D) is in positive territory, viewed favorably by a margin of 43% to 22%. Pat Toomey (R) is also positive, 35% to 22%. It’s a 7 point bump from F&M’s February poll, a result which mirrors a Quinnipiac poll that showed a boost for him following his bipartisan push for more background checks on gun purchases.
But Toomey’s job performance is in less positive territory. 31% gave him excellent or good marks, versus 49% who said fair or poor.