The latest survey from Quinnipiac shows the trio of Democrats leading the Governor, whose job approval rating and other numbers are upside down. Corbett’s bad numbers are driven by strong disapproval from women.
By 18 points, 50% to 32%, respondents said Corbett does not deserve to be re-election. Men opposed his re-election 46% to 39%, while women said no by a 2 to 1 margin, 54% to 27%.
47% to 38%, respondents disapprove the way Corbett is handling his job as Governor. It’s 44% to 43% negative among men, 50%-34% negative among women.
His personal favorability numbers are negative, too: 43% to 29%. 41% to 36% among men, 45% to 23% among women.
Corbett has a gender gap of 20 points, 15 points and 17 points, respectively.
“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gets a triple dose of bad news. Three Democratic challengers would beat him handily if the election for governor were held today,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Fortunately for Gov. Corbett, the election is not today. He has 18 months to turn things around.”
Respondents generally had a pessimistic view of the state’s economy and also disapprove the job the state legislature’s job performance 52% to 29%.
The margins of the poll results are in line with other recent surveys but with slightly more undecided. The percentage of respondents who disapprove Corbett is down from March, as is the percentage of those who approve him.
At least Corbett is doing better among Republican voters, whom earlier polls had shown were willing to stray from the incumbent.
Despite each Democrat having name ID of less than 50%, all three lead the the Governor.
State Treasurer Rob McCord is ahead 44% to 35%; Congresswoman Schwartz leads 47% to 34%, and former Congressman Joe Sestak has the widest margin, winning 48% to 34%.
McCord has name ID of 14%, Schwartz 30% and Sestak 42%.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,235 registered voters from April 19 to 24 via live interviews to landlines and cell phones. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8%