September 29, 2011 - Pennsylvania Gov Batting .500 With Voters, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Privatize State Stores, Not Parks, Voters Say

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With an 8-point jump among women voters, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gets a 50 - 32 percent approval rating from voters, his best score so far, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Women give him positive grades, 45 - 34 percent, up from a negative 37 - 41 percent in an August 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Men approve 55 - 30 percent, compared to 51 - 31 percent.

Gov. Corbett wins 72 - 15 percent approval from Republicans and 52 - 32 percent approval from independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 47 - 29 percent.

Pennsylvania voters like Corbett as a person 53 - 12 percent, including 49 - 14 percent among women and 58 - 10 percent among men. Even Democrats like him 39 - 19 percent with 41 percent undecided.

By a narrower 42 - 37 percent, voters like Corbett's policies.

And they disapprove 45 - 40 percent of the way he is handling the state budget, with independent voters disapproving 47 - 37 percent.

"Gov. Tom Corbett's batting average with women and Republicans has surged, getting him to the important 50 percent benchmark in approval rating," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Compared to struggling first-term Republican Governors Rick Scott in Florida and John Kasich in Ohio, two other swing states, Gov. Corbett's .500 average makes him an all-star candidate."

Pennsylvania voters say 62 - 30 percent that the economic benefits of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh environmental concerns. Even Democrats back drilling 50 - 41 percent.

Voters support 64 - 27 percent a new tax on gas drilling companies, with 51 - 37 percent support among Republicans.

But voters give a mixed message on other ideas to raise revenue:
  • Supporting 62 - 31 percent privatizing liquor stores, with support among all groups;
  • Opposing 43 - 37 percent privatizing health care in state prisons, with Democrats and independent voters opposed and Republicans in support;
  • Opposing 64 - 28 percent privatizing the operation of state parks.
"The governor's support of drilling in the Marcellus Shale and of privatizing the state's liquor stores are in step with voters," Malloy said.

"But voters want their park rangers to be state employees, rather than having the job outsourced to private contractors, and they oppose by a small margin privatizing health care for state prisoners."

Pennsylvania voters approve 43 - 32 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is doing. Approval is 61 - 16 percent among Republicans and 41 - 34 percent among independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 43 - 31 percent. Men approve 48 - 30 percent while women approve by a narrow 38 - 34 percent.

From September 21 - 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,370 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, Virginia 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.

10. 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              50%    72%    29%    52%    55%    45%    45%
Disapprove           32     15     47     32     30     34     43
DK/NA                18     13     24     15     15     22     12
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              47%    35%    48%    46%    58%    53%    57%
Disapprove           37     45     30     28     32     30     28
DK/NA                16     19     22     26     10     17     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?
                     Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              50      44      39      39      39
Disapprove           32      36      38      37      11
DK/NA                18      20      23      24      50
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              31%    44%    24%    27%    34%    27%    31%
Disapprove           54     39     63     57     53     54     59
DK/NA                16     17     13     16     13     19     10
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              26%    26%    30%    35%    38%    19%    33%
Disapprove           56     52     55     49     49     66     53
DK/NA                18     22     16     16     13     15     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? (*Low also 25% Dec 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14  Jul 13  May 13  Apr 10  May 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2003    2010*
 
Approve              31      34      32      28      25      49      25
Disapprove           54      50      50      57      59      24      59
DK/NA                16      16      18      15      16      27      16
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Pat Toomey is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              43%    61%    31%    41%    48%    38%    39%
Disapprove           32     16     43     34     30     34     41
DK/NA                26     23     26     24     22     28     20
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              42%    36%    44%    42%    34%    43%    48%
Disapprove           30     31     29     40     30     31     28
DK/NA                28     33     27     18     36     26     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Pat Toomey is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Sep 29  Aug 02  Jun 15  Apr 28  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              43      44      45      43      41
Disapprove           32      31      28      25      21
DK/NA                26      25      27      31      39
 
 
18. 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%     2%     2%     3%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      41     52     32     42     44     39     39
Smwht dissatisfied   37     29     41     40     33     40     37
Very dissatisfied    19     15     23     16     19     19     22
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Very satisfied        -%     1%     2%     4%     2%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      40     38     44     43     42     31     43
Smwht dissatisfied   43     40     29     37     39     34     37
Very dissatisfied    14     20     22     16     16     33     17
DK/NA                 3      2      3      -      -      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
                     Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Jun 05  Dec 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2002    2010
 
Very satisfied        2       3       2       2       4       8       2
Smwht satisfied      41      38      37      37      43      60      35
Smwht dissatisfied   37      36      38      33      36      22      37
Very dissatisfied    19      22      22      26      15       8      25
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       2       3       1
 
 
22. 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                 53%    68%    39%    55%    58%    49%    49%
Don't Like           12      5     19     11     10     14     17
DK/NA                35     27     41     34     33     37     34
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Like                 55%    45%    51%    46%    53%    60%    60%
Don't Like           15     13     10     13     10     14     11
DK/NA                30     43     39     41     37     26     28
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Tom Corbett's policies, would you say you like or don't like Tom Corbett as a person?
                     Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 53      48      51
Don't Like           12      15      14
DK/NA                35      37      35
 
 
23. 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                 42%    66%    22%    42%    51%    34%    39%
Don't Like           37     16     54     40     34     41     46
DK/NA                20     18     23     18     15     25     14
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Like                 42%    27%    36%    41%    44%    45%    52%
Don't Like           40     47     43     35     32     46     31
DK/NA                19     27     21     24     24     10     17
 
TREND: 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?
                     Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 42      40      38
Don't Like           37      43      43
DK/NA                20      17      19
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              40%    61%    25%    37%    46%    34%    37%
Disapprove           45     24     60     47     41     48     51
DK/NA                16     15     16     16     13     17     11
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              40%    25%    35%    43%    31%    44%    47%
Disapprove           46     57     47     39     53     51     38
DK/NA                14     18     18     18     16      5     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                     Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              40      41      33      35
Disapprove           45      45      52      52
DK/NA                16      14      15      13
 
 
25. 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              64%    51%    75%    67%    64%    64%    73%
Oppose               27     37     17     25     29     24     21
DK/NA                 9     12      8      9      7     11      7
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              71%    65%    67%    59%    58%    67%    64%
Oppose               23     20     21     33     33     29     26
DK/NA                 6     15     11      8      9      4     10
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale?
                     Sep 29  Aug 03
                     2011    2011
 
Support              64      63
Oppose               27      28
DK/NA                 9       8
 
 
26. 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             62%    80%    50%    61%    70%    55%    59%
No drilling          30     15     41     31     25     36     36
DK/NA                 8      5      8      7      6      9      5
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Drilling             64%    47%    56%    65%    64%    67%    66%
No drilling          27     45     36     28     30     26     27
DK/NA                 9      8      8      7      6      7      7
 
TREND: 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?
                     Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Drilling             62      59      63
No drilling          30      32      30
DK/NA                 8       8       7
 
 
27. Do you support or oppose privatizing - The state liquor stores?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              62%    72%    52%    64%    67%    58%    58%
Oppose               31     22     38     29     29     32     38
DK/NA                 7      6      9      7      4     10      5
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              67%    57%    50%    69%    59%    63%    63%
Oppose               27     38     37     22     37     32     30
DK/NA                 6      5     13      9      4      5      7
 
 
28. Do you support or oppose privatizing - Health care in the state's prisons?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              37%    47%    30%    37%    40%    33%    32%
Oppose               43     32     54     42     41     45     46
DK/NA                20     22     17     20     19     21     22
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              33%    34%    28%    39%    50%    34%    39%
Oppose               47     54     46     39     32     50     40
DK/NA                19     12     26     21     18     17     21
 
 
29. Do you support or oppose privatizing - The operation of state parks?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              28%    36%    18%    32%    29%    27%    23%
Oppose               64     57     72     60     65     63     69
DK/NA                 9      7     11      8      6     11      8
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              30%    31%    21%    23%    31%    35%    28%
Oppose               66     55     68     68     65     58     63
DK/NA                 4     13     11     10      4      7      9
 

Demographic Summary