In the latest F&M poll Governor Tom Wolf’s numbers are ahead of former Governor Tom Corbett’s numbers at the same point in 2013. It should help with his push on the budget and heading into the cycle for his re-election.
Wolf’s job approval rating of 38% is 12 points ahead of Corbett’s. Wolf earned two points higher for an excellent ratings getting 4% and is 10 points above Corbett among those who say he is doing a good job with 34%. Wolf’s disapproval numbers are at 35% saying fair, and 19% responding with poor.
Wolf does face an uphill battle for re-election in the central and southwest parts of the state, where just 29% and 27% approve of his job performance respectively. Wolf has an even 42/42 split with voters under the age of 35.
Wolf’s favorability is also higher by 16 points over Corbett’s, standing at 41%.
Wolf’s major theme of 2014 was education, and it is looking like he will continue to make that a major part of his re-election campaign. But only 16% viewed education as the most important problem facing the state, compared with a high of 30% in 2014.
The poll will give Wolf some ammo in the the debate over his proposal to raise the minimum wage. 61% of those surveyed are in favor of his proposal to raise it to $12 an hour.
Franklin & Marshall surveyed 816 registered voters from February 15-19. Respondents were contacted by letter and given the choice between phone interview or online interview. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent.
F&M calculates job approval differently than most pollsters that tends to result in lower ratings – regardless of party. Respondents choose between a rating of excellent, good, fair, and poor. The approval numbers are pulled from the excellent and good categories.