Gov. Josh Shapiro received high marks, while former president Donald Trump also showed well in a Quinnipiac University poll of Pennsylvania voters that was released Wednesday.
Fresh off his handling of the I-95 collapse in Philadelphia, Shapiro’s job approval rating was 57 percent with 23 percent disapproving. One-in-five respondents offered no opinion.
Nearly 6 in 7 Democrats approve of the new governor’s performance, while more than half of independents (53%) do as well. Just a third of Republicans (34%) offered the same opinion.
Shapiro was judged well on the I-95 response with 74 percent approving and only eight percent disagreeing. Just over half (51%) approve of his handling of the state budget, with 25 percent disapproving.
“Those across-the-board honeymoon approval numbers for first termer Governor Shapiro are no doubt buoyed by voters’ perceptions that he stepped up and took charge when the bridge came down on I-95,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
Trump, who is a headliner at this weekend’s Moms For Liberty event in Philadelphia, polled at 49 percent support among registered GOP voters, followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 25 percent. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Vice President Mike Pence each received five percent support, former United Nations Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott each polled at four percent support. All other listed candidates receive 1 percent or less support.
“Though battling fierce legal headwinds, Trump leaves the rest of the GOP pack (including Ron DeSantis) looking like ‘also rans’ and is running neck and neck with President Biden,” added Malloy.
In a hypothetical matchup for president in 2024 between Trump and President Joe Biden, the pair were in a virtual deadlock with Trump at 47 percent and Biden at 46.
Biden’s approval rating was underwater at minus-18 with 39 percent approving and 57 percent offering an opposing view.
Approval marks for Pennsylvania’s senators were a split decision. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. was a plus-12 with 44 percent approving to just 32 percent disapproving. Sen John Fetterman was a minus-11 (39-50).
Pennsylvanians have been paying close attention to news regarding the federal criminal charges filed against Trump in connection with the way he handled classified documents after leaving the White House. Eighty-two percent responded they are watching very or somewhat closely.
Three in five think the federal criminal charges involving Trump and his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House are either very serious (45 percent) or somewhat serious (15 percent), while 1 out of four think they are not serious at all (23 percent).
Half of voters (50 percent) think Trump should be prosecuted on criminal charges over his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House, while 44 percent think he should not be prosecuted.
When it comes to life in the Keystone State, 78 percent feel they can afford to live in the Commonwealth. One in eight say their personal finances are getting better, but four in 10 say they are getting worse. Finally, if given the financial means to do so, roughly one-third of voters (35 percent) say they would move out of Pennsylvania to somewhere else.
1,584 Pennsylvania self-identified registered voters were surveyed from June 22 – 26 with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.
The survey included 614 self-identified registered Republican voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points and 664 self-identified registered Democratic voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.