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

F&M poll shows Corbett with lowest rating yet

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Feb 7, 2013 3:19 PM

A new Franklin and Marshall College survey finds Gov. Corbett has the lowest approval numbers he’s had since he took office. 26 percent of Pennsylvania registered voters surveyed say Corbett’s doing a good job – the lowest score of his tenure, or of any sitting governor in the history of the F&M poll.

Respondents are even less supportive of the administration’s move to privatize operations of the Pennsylvania Lottery through a deal with a private British firm.

“As a result of changes in the management of the Lottery, changes publicly discussed over nine months and explained in public hearings both last April and last month, we can meet the future needs of our seniors,” said Corbett as he championed the privatization deal in his budget address.

Many state lawmakers, including Republicans, disagree that the full range of proposed changes to the lottery was discussed in public until right before the administration decided to move forward with the contract in January.

Only 18 percent of the F&M poll respondents approve of the administration’s deal with a British firm to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery. 84 percent say the move should require legislative approval.

“Legislative input on this by many members would have been probably appreciated but the governor feels he has the authority to move forward,” said state Senate President Pro Tem, Joe Scarnati recently.

The F&M poll was completed before the governor delivered his budget address, when he unveiled a plan to raise money for transportation. 82 percent of respondents said they want more money for transportation infrastructure -- but only 42 percent of those surveyed like the idea of higher gas prices and drivers fees to generate revenue.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.

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