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Governor Corbett's job approval numbers still weak

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 30, 2014 1:00 PM
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(Lancaster) -- Only one in four voters surveyed in a new Franklin and Marshall College Poll thinks Governor Corbett deserves reelection.

Corbett's approval numbers have risen slightly since the transportation funding law was passed last fall, but Poll Director Terry Madonna says they're still lower than his predecessors' numbers.

"When you compare his performance, at this point in his tenure, with Governor Rendell and Governor Ridge -- one a Democrat and one a Republican -- you find that he is substantially behind where the two of them were as they began their fourth year," Madonna explains.

Twenty-three percent of Pennsylvania voters believe Corbett is doing an "excellent" or "good" job.

That's up from just 19 percent in last October's Franklin and Marshall College Poll. But Madonna says Corbett must still deal with voters' concerns about their economic futures.

"When you get 30 to 40 percent of your own voters who indicate they may not voter for you and, even if they think at the moment they are, could change their mind -- that's a very serious problem."

Forty-two percent of Republicans indicate Corbett deserves re-election. Madonna says the numbers are consistent with his August and October polls.

Madonna says next week's budget address will be important for incumbent Republican. He calls it Corbett's chance to change the narrative ten months ahead of the General Election.

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