Tom Corbett’s job approval remains on shaky ground, according to a survey of likely voters: 52 percent disapprove of his work as Governor while 38 percent approve. More striking, voters strongly disapprove of his handling of the Sandusky case when he was Attorney General, 61 to 17 percent.
The net negative 14 points is right in line with the Governor’s approval average over the past few months. But it’s balanced slightly by his personal approval numbers: 40 percent of voters like Corbett, 44 percent dislike him.
Many political observers in PA view the Sandusky matter as a potential factor, both in the 2014 Governor’s race as well as this year’s Attorney General contest. Said one of the pollsters:
“There are a lot of things impacting his numbers, but the Penn State situation is a big factor,” said Adam Geller, chief executive of the Republican polling firm National Research Inc….
“There is no question this is a raw wound for many voters,” Geller said. “And it is not showing any signs of healing.”
The survey was conducted by the Republican firm National Research Inc. and the Democratic firm Global Strategy Group. The pollsters surveyed 601 likely voters via live calls from August 21 through 23. The margin of error is +/1 4 percent.