More Lousy Poll Numbers For Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett

AP

A poll released Thursday showed Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) continuing to look vulnerable as he approaches his re-election campaign next year.

The latest Franklin & Marshall College poll found only 16 percent of Keystone State voters rating Corbett’s job performance as “excellent” or “good” — down from the 25 percent who gave the Republican positive ratings in the previous Franklin & Marshall poll in May. Forty-three percent said Corbett is doing a “fair” job while 33 percent said he is doing a “poor” job.

Only 20 percent said Corbett deserves re-election, down from 25 percent in the May poll. The latest poll showed 69 percent of Pennsylvania voters believe it’s time for a change.

In fact, Corbett is struggling to win support from his own party, with only 38 percent of Pennsylvania Republicans saying he deserves a second term. Only 30 percent of in-state Republicans rate his performance as “excellent” or “good.”

Thursday’s poll marks a continuation of what’s been a year of bleak poll numbers for Corbett. A Quinnipiac University survey in June showed him trailing two potential Democratic opponents, despite their low name recognition.  

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