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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Quinny: Corbett's approval rating highest since March

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Nov 15, 2012 4:05 PM
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A new poll suggests voters have a higher opinion of Governor Corbett’s job performance in the wake of super storm Sandy. But almost a quarter of surveyed voters may just be tired of thinking about their elected leaders.

40 percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac University poll say Corbett’s doing all right on the job. 38 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing. But overall, 23 percent of polled voters had no opinion at all.

“’Don’t know,’ or ‘no opinion’ was higher than normal,” said Tim Malloy, an assistant director of the polling institute. “Maybe people were sorting it out, I mean, it’s an election period. Maybe people were just burned out having an opinion on a politician generally.”

Narrowing the category of respondents by party leads to predictable results: among Republicans, the governor has a 61 percent approval rating. Among Democrats, he has a 26 percent approval rating.

Pollsters are crediting the Corbett administration’s handling of super storm Sandy with the bump in approval ratings. The governor’s approval score jumped up to 61 percent when voters were asked specifically how they liked Corbett’s response to the storm. In the days before it hit Pennsylvania, and for about a day afterward, Corbett gave regular updates from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Headquarters.

“You know a million people in Pennsylvania without power. He was heading up a command post. He looked good doing it,” said Malloy, “and so we would call this a Sandy bump.”

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