By Ali Carey, Contributing Writer
To our elected officials, allow us to summarize the results of Public Policy Polling (PPP)’s recent series of polling in Pennsylvania: voters are just not that into you.
Following low marks for President Barack Obama and tepid numbers for Senator Bob Casey, the firm reports that Governor Tom Corbett has an upside down approval rating of 37 percent to 43 percent. If Corbett were to face Democrat Dan Onorato in a hypothetical rematch today, the two candidates would tie at 45 percent.
It’s actually a boost from Corbett’s PPP numbers in July and April.
Toomey is on the plus side but still relatively unknown, despite his high-profile role on the supercommittee: 35 percent approve of Toomey, 33 disapprove and 32 percent have no opinion. This is a slight increase from the 30 percent approval and 29 percent disapproval he received prior to this fall.
According to the poll, if Pennsylvanians voted on a generic House ballot today, Democrats would lead 47 to 42.
Pennsylvanians are also divided on the Occupy Movement with 40 percent supporting it and 39 percent opposing. Referring to the Tea Party as the “ideological flip side” of the Occupy Wall Street movement, PPP compared voters opinions of both groups. 37 percent support the goals of the Tea Party movement and 43 percent oppose it. When asked which social movement they hold in higher regard, voters chose the Occupy Wall Street Movement 41 to 38.
The poll also showed that Pennsylvanians do not favor gay marriage but they believe same-sex couples should have the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples. 36 percent of PA voters favor same-sex marriage compared to 52 percent who oppose it. 64 percent want these couples to at least have civil unions, including 75 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans.
Quick side note: Equality Pennsylvania, an LGBT advocacy group, celebrated Jenkintown’s passage of an LGBT-inclusive non discrimination ordinance – the 25th Pa. municipality to do so.
PPP surveyed 500 Pennsylvania voters from November 17th to 20th via automated telephone interviews. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.4%.