June 14, 2011 - Big Gender Gap Keeps Pennsylvania Gov's Approval Low, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Support Natural Gas Drilling 2-1

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A big gender gap leaves Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett stuck with a split 39 - 38 percent job approval rating, with 23 percent of voters still undecided as the new governor approaches the six- month mark, according to a Quinnipiac University poll release today.

Men approve of Gov. Corbett 48 - 34 percent, but women disapprove 43 - 30 percent, an 18-point gender gap, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

This compares to Corbett's split 39 - 37 percent approval rating April 27, when there was a 7-point gender gap.

In today's survey, Pennsylvania voters say 51 - 14 percent, including 45 - 16 percent among women, that they like Corbett as a person. But they don't like his policies 43 - 38 percent, including 49 - 31 percent among women.

Voters disapprove 52 - 33 percent of the way Corbett is handling the state budget and say 48 - 36 percent that Corbett's proposals to balance the budget are unfair to people like them. Democrats say unfair 66 - 19 percent while Republicans say fair 55 - 31 percent. Independent voters say unfair 45 - 38 percent.

"Gov. Tom Corbett gets a mixed overall approval rating, despite getting a negative approval rating for his handling of the budget. Voters like him personally more than they do his policies," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The good news for the governor is that his numbers have apparently stabilized after falling sharply in our last poll in April. Also, he is not in negative territory like other new Republican governors such as Florida Gov. Scott and Ohio Gov. Kasich. On the other hand, after five months in office, no governor could feel good about being at 39 percent in job approval."

"At this point in his term, it is unusual to have this many voters still undecided about the governor's job performance," Malloy added.

"Corbett's low approval among women is due in part because women are more likely to disapprove of his handling of the budget. In particular, they are more likely to say they disapprove of cutting funding to state universities, opposing this step 67 - 26 percent."

Pennsylvania voters say 49 - 44 percent that the governor should be the highest paid state public employee.

Wages and benefits for state workers are too high, 45 percent of voters say, while 12 percent say they are too low and 34 percent say they are about right.

Pennsylvania voters say 63 - 30 percent that the economic benefits of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale outweigh the environmental impacts. Support is strong among men, women, all parties and in all regions, ranging from 55 - 38 percent among voters in the northeast corner of the state to 69 - 25 percent among voters in the northwest corner.

Voters support 69 - 24 percent a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas. Even Republicans support such a tax 59 - 33 percent. Support tops 60 percent among all other groups and in all regions.

" 'Drill, baby, drill,' is the call from Pennsylvania voters, and 'tax, baby, tax,' is the follow-up as voters see natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale as an economic plus more than an environmental negative," Malloy said. "They also see added taxes on gas drillers as one of the few acceptable ways to help balance the budget."

Looking at other possible budget-balancing steps, Pennsylvania voters:
  • Support 69 - 25 percent selling state liquor stores;
  • Oppose 54 - 34 percent leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private company;
  • Support 70 - 26 percent a wage freeze for state employees;
  • Split 45 - 47 percent on layoffs for state employees;
  • Oppose 62 - 31 percent funding cuts for state and state-related universities.
From June 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,277 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as governor?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              39%    63%    21%    36%    48%    30%    36%
Disapprove           38     18     57     37     34     43     46
DK/NA                23     19     22     27     19     27     18
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              35%    32%    35%    36%    44%    46%    43%
Disapprove           50     44     32     37     39     36     37
DK/NA                15     25     33     27     17     18     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              39      39      39
Disapprove           38      37      11
DK/NA                23      24      50
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              32%    43%    24%    32%    34%    31%    27%
Disapprove           50     41     57     49     51     49     64
DK/NA                18     17     18     18     15     20      9
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              33%    30%    43%    31%    26%    33%    31%
Disapprove           48     56     41     46     56     50     53
DK/NA                19     15     17     23     18     18     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? (*Low also 25% Dec 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 14  Jul 13  May 13  Apr 8   Mar 3   Apr 10  May 13
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2003    2010*
 
Approve              32      28      25      31      29      49      25
Disapprove           50      57      59      54      59      24      59
DK/NA                18      15      16      14      12      27      16
 
 
9. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvania today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     1%     1%     2%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      37     42     37     33     39     36     28
Smwht dissatisfied   38     37     37     40     37     39     43
Very dissatisfied    22     18     24     25     22     23     26
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     1%     2%     1%     3%     1%
Smwht satisfied      39     42     35     38     28     36     39
Smwht dissatisfied   39     38     41     40     39     32     36
Very dissatisfied    20     19     24     17     31     29     24
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      1      -      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvania today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Dec 15  Jul 13  Jun 05  Dec 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2002    2010
 
Very satisfied        2       2       4       2       3       8       2
Smwht satisfied      37      37      43      35      37      60      35
Smwht dissatisfied   38      33      36      37      38      22      37
Very dissatisfied    22      26      15      25      21       8      25
DK/NA                 1       1       2       1       1       3       1
 
 
13. Do you think Tom Corbett has been a better governor than Ed Rendell, a worse governor, or about the same?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Better               29%    54%     7%    30%    35%    24%    27%
Worse                25      7     43     24     25     26     39
About the same       38     32     40     40     33     42     25
DK/NA                 8      7      9      7      7      9      9
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Better               26%    10%    28%    24%    40%    32%    38%
Worse                27     45     22     35     16     25     13
About the same       36     31     43     36     34     37     42
DK/NA                11     15      7      5     10      6      7
 
 
14. Regardless of how you feel about Tom Corbett's policies, would you say you like or don't like Tom Corbett as a person?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Like                 51%    64%    43%    49%    57%    45%    51%
Don't Like           14      7     21     13     13     16     17
DK/NA                35     29     36     38     30     39     33
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Like                 53%    46%    39%    51%    48%    62%    54%
Don't Like           16     18     15     13     11     16     14
DK/NA                31     36     46     36     41     22     32
 
 
15. And regardless of how you feel about Tom Corbett as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Tom Corbett's policies?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Like                 38%    64%    15%    40%    45%    31%    36%
Don't Like           43     20     66     39     38     49     52
DK/NA                19     15     19     21     17     20     11
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Like                 36%    22%    31%    37%    48%    50%    42%
Don't Like           46     55     46     39     36     39     43
DK/NA                18     22     23     24     16     11     15
 
 
16. In general, do you think the wages and benefits for state public employees are too high, too low, or about right?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Too high             45%    63%    32%    45%    45%    46%    31%
Too low              12      5     18     12     13     12     16
About right          34     25     39     36     34     34     42
DK/NA                 9      8     11      7      9      9     11
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Too high             50%    31%    48%    45%    52%    48%    46%
Too low              14     18     11      8     10     15     12
About right          30     40     36     34     31     29     34
DK/NA                 6     11      6     13      7      8      9
 
 
17. Do you think Pennsylvania's governor should be the highest paid state public employee or not?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Yes                  49%    56%    40%    55%    55%    43%    51%
No                   44     39     52     39     40     48     46
DK/NA                 7      5      8      6      4      9      3
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Yes                  52%    42%    43%    55%    53%    46%    49%
No                   42     55     52     37     43     49     42
DK/NA                 7      4      5      9      5      5      9
 
18. How serious do you think Pennsylvania's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Very serious         61%    64%    60%    59%    59%    63%    67%
Smwht serious        34     32     35     36     37     32     29
Not too serious       3      3      4      3      4      3      3
Not at all serious    -      -      -      1      1      -      -
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      2      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Very serious         49%    77%    54%    59%    62%    57%    66%
Smwht serious        49     19     40     35     31     41     31
Not too serious       1      2      4      5      5      1      3
Not at all serious    -      -      1      -      -      1      1
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      2      1      -
 
TREND: How serious do you think Pennsylvania's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Dec 15  Feb 20
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2003
 
Very serious         61      65      61      60      32
Smwht serious        34      32      34      33      55
Not too serious       3       2       2       4       7
Not at all serious    -       1       -       1       1
DK/NA                 1       1       2       1       5
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              33%    56%    13%    36%    42%    25%    33%
Disapprove           52     29     72     48     47     56     57
DK/NA                15     15     15     16     12     19     10
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              32%    27%    28%    36%    35%    35%    35%
Disapprove           56     57     52     47     49     54     50
DK/NA                12     16     20     17     16     11     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Approve              33      35
Disapprove           52      52
DK/NA                15      13
 
 
20. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Raising taxes        35%    14%    56%    33%    33%    38%    38%
Cutting services     52     78     28     53     58     46     49
DK/NA                13      8     16     14      9     16     13
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Raising taxes        41%    51%    31%    37%    25%    38%    30%
Cutting services     46     30     57     51     65     47     59
DK/NA                13     19     12     12     10     15     12
 
TREND: To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Dec 15  Feb 20
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2003
 
Raising taxes        35      36      30      30      29
Cutting services     52      54      56      56      57
DK/NA                13      10      14      14      14
 
 
21. Do you think Governor Corbett's proposals to balance the state budget are fair or unfair to people like you?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Fair                 36%    55%    19%    38%    43%    30%    29%
Unfair               48     31     66     45     44     52     58
DK/NA                15     14     14     17     13     18     13
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Fair                 42%    23%    35%    39%    34%    37%    40%
Unfair               41     61     49     44     45     55     46
DK/NA                17     16     17     17     21      8     14
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Corbett's proposals to balance the state budget are fair or unfair to people like you?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Fair                 36      39
Unfair               48      50
DK/NA                15      11
 
22. Do you think an increase in taxes is necessary to balance the budget or not?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Yes                  39%    21%    54%    39%    39%    39%    41%
No                   55     74     39     56     57     54     56
DK/NA                 6      5      7      4      4      8      3
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Yes                  39%    45%    35%    43%    29%    41%    36%
No                   55     47     60     49     64     55     60
DK/NA                 6      8      5      9      7      4      4
 
TREND: Do you think an increase in taxes is necessary to balance the budget or not?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  39      40
No                   55      55
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
23. In order to balance the state budget, Governor Corbett has proposed cuts in state spending. Do you think Corbett's cuts in state spending go too far, not far enough or are they about right?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Too far              35%    15%    57%    29%    32%    38%    43%
Not far enough       21     29     10     25     28     16     19
About right          30     46     20     30     29     31     28
DK/NA                13     10     13     16     11     15     10
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Too far              38%    43%    33%    36%    31%    44%    29%
Not far enough       19     19     19     20     30     21     23
About right          29     25     35     29     27     28     33
DK/NA                14     13     13     15     13      8     14
 
TREND: In order to balance the state budget, Governor Corbett has proposed cuts in state spending. Do you think Corbett's cuts in state spending go too far, not far enough or are they about right?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Too far              35      35
Not far enough       21      20
About right          30      31
DK/NA                13      14
 
 
24. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - layoffs for state employees?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              45%    63%    28%    49%    53%    39%    39%
Oppose               47     31     66     41     42     53     57
DK/NA                 7      6      6     10      5      9      4
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              45%    21%    42%    47%    54%    55%    51%
Oppose               49     76     47     46     37     41     41
DK/NA                 5      3     11      7      9      4      9
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose layoffs for state employees?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Dec 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Support              45      43      52      51
Oppose               47      50      40      41
DK/NA                 7       6       8       9
 
 
25. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - leasing the Pennsylvania turnpike to a private company?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              34%    44%    26%    36%    37%    32%    26%
Oppose               54     45     61     55     57     52     63
DK/NA                12     11     13      9      6     16     11
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              31%    23%    37%    38%    28%    39%    36%
Oppose               54     64     52     53     56     50     53
DK/NA                15     12     11      9     16     12     11
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose leasing the Pennsylvania turnpike to a private company?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Dec 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Support              34      36      36      36
Oppose               54      53      51      52
DK/NA                12      11      13      12
 
 
26. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - selling off the state liquor stores?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              69%    80%    60%    70%    72%    66%    66%
Oppose               25     13     33     26     23     26     30
DK/NA                 6      6      7      4      4      8      4
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              70%    58%    72%    80%    63%    69%    66%
Oppose               27     34     25     16     29     22     25
DK/NA                 3      7      3      4      8      9      9
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose selling off the state liquor stores?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Dec 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Support              69      64      65      66
Oppose               25      28      26      26
DK/NA                 6       8       9       8
 
 
27. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - a wage freeze for state employees?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              70%    78%    59%    76%    70%    70%    68%
Oppose               26     19     37     22     27     26     30
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      3      4      2
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              67%    61%    75%    70%    74%    78%    70%
Oppose               31     37     22     26     22     20     26
DK/NA                 2      2      3      4      4      2      4
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - a wage freeze for state employees?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Support              70      68
Oppose               26      27
DK/NA                 3       5
 
 
28. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - cutting funding for state and state-related universities?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              31%    52%    15%    30%    37%    26%    31%
Oppose               62     43     79     64     56     67     65
DK/NA                 7      6      6      6      6      7      3
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              38%    20%    27%    29%    39%    30%    36%
Oppose               60     74     65     66     52     67     55
DK/NA                 3      6      8      5      9      3      9
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - cutting funding for state and state-related universities?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Support              31      32
Oppose               62      64
DK/NA                 7       4
 
 
29. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              69%    59%    75%    75%    73%    66%    76%
Oppose               24     33     17     21     24     23     20
DK/NA                 7      8      8      4      3     11      3
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              68%    61%    67%    77%    62%    72%    70%
Oppose               28     23     26     19     29     24     23
DK/NA                 4     16      8      5      9      5      6
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale?
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Support              69      69
Oppose               24      22
DK/NA                 7       9
 
 
30. Which comes closer to your view regarding Governor Corbett's budget proposal: A) Taxes should not be raised, there should only be spending cuts, or B) Taxes should be raised so that there will be fewer spending cuts.
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Only cuts            54%    78%    32%    57%    57%    52%    50%
Taxes/Fewer cuts     39     17     60     37     38     40     45
DK/NA                 7      5      7      6      5      8      5
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Only cuts            48%    38%    53%    50%    73%    55%    62%
Taxes/Fewer cuts     46     53     40     45     22     34     32
DK/NA                 5      9      7      5      5     10      6
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your view regarding Governor Corbett's budget proposal - A)Taxes should not be raised, there should only be spending cuts, or B)Taxes should be raised so that there will be fewer spending cuts.
                     Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011
 
Only cuts            54      55
Taxes/Fewer cuts     39      39
DK/NA                 7       5
 
 
31. Some people say, there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say, there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Drilling             63%    77%    52%    62%    68%    58%    67%
No drilling          30     18     38     35     27     34     30
DK/NA                 7      5     10      3      5      8      4
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Drilling             58%    59%    55%    65%    69%    62%    67%
No drilling          31     33     38     29     25     35     27
DK/NA                11      9      7      6      6      3      6