The results of the latest Franklin & Marshall poll are devastating for Gov. Tom Corbett. His approval rating has reached its lowest point ever, and few voters believe he deserves to be re-elected.
Just 17%, fewer than 1 in 5, think Corbett is doing a good or excellent job as Governor. 43% said he is doing only a fair job.
Only 20% believe he deserves re-election. 69% said it’s time for a change.
Both numbers are lower than F&M’s May poll, which showed both Corbett’s job approval and deserves re-elect figures at 25%. It was, at that point, a record low for any Pa. Governor since the pollster began keeping track two decades ago.
The August poll shows his numbers among Republicans are anemic. Only 30% of Republicans give him favorable job approval ratings and only 38% believe he deserves re-election.
No demographic or geographic category gave Corbett positive marks. His worst region was Allegheny County, his home turf, which gave him just 11% job approval while 85% gave him fair or poor marks.
Central Pa. was his strongest region with a 22%/75% split.
One section asked respondents to grade the Governor based on his handling of specific issues.
By a 37-point margin, 62% to 25%, voters say Pa. is on the wrong track.
The state legislature is less popular than Corbett. 11% rate its job performance as excellent or good.
Only 37% said they would like to see their member of the state legislature be re-elected; 33% said they wouldn’t, and 30% said they didn’t know.
Asked what should be lawmakers’ top priority this fall in Harrisburg, 29% said passing transportation spending plan, 24% said expanding Medicaid, 17% said a plan to address pensions, and just 5% said privatizing the state liquor stores.
F&M surveyed 594 registered voters from August 21 to 26 via live telephone interviews. The margin of error is plus or minus 4%. Pa. polls of registered voters as opposed to polls of likely voters tend to advantage Democrats and disadvantage Republicans. But any such disparity would not come close to changing the key takeaway from this poll: Corbett is on electoral life support.