Poll: Medicaid Expansion About The Only Thing Pa. Voters Like About Corbett

AP

It appears that the Affordable Care Act may have handed Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) the rare opportunity to please his constituents.

A poll released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College showed Corbett continuing to nurse anemic individual numbers. Only 19 percent of Pennsylvania voters said he is doing a “good” or “excellent” job. Thirty-nine percent said he is doing only a “fair” job, while 37 percent said he’s doing a “poor” job.

Only 20 percent said he deserves re-election next year compared with 67 percent who said it’s time for a change. Forty-four percent said he should step aside, slightly more than the 42 percent who said he should seek another term in 2014. And a slight majority, 52 percent, said they have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican.

It’s the latest in what’s been an ongoing trend of terrible poll numbers for Corbett.

But those same voters overwhelmingly support his plan to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. After having the expansion described to them, 36 percent said they “strongly favor” the proposal while 28 percent said they “somewhat favor” the idea. A quarter of Pennsylvania voters said they are opposed to the expansion.

 

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