March 15, 2012 - Pennsylvania Governor's Approval Tanks, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Oppose Cuts To State Schools, Ultrasound Bill

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Pennsylvania voters give Gov. Tom Corbett a 41 - 41 percent job approval rating, down from a 47 - 34 percent approval rating December 8, a drop driven mostly by Democrats and men more than women, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This is Gov. Corbett's worst approval rating since a 39 - 38 percent score in a June 14, 2011, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Women give Corbett a split 38 - 39 percent approval rating, down from 44 - 36 percent December 8. Men approve 45 - 42 percent, down from 51 - 32 percent. Democrats give the governor a negative 23 - 65 percent score, compared to a negative 36 - 43 percent December 8.

Pennsylvania voters disapprove 49 - 36 percent of the way Corbett is handling the state budget and disapprove 53 - 27 percent of the way he is handling funding for the state's public universities. Men disapprove of his handling of university funding 49 - 35 percent while women disapprove 56 - 21 percent.

Voters oppose 65 - 28 percent cutting funding for public universities, with 72 - 20 percent disapproval among women and 58 - 36 percent disapproval from men.

"After a honeymoon as one of the country's more popular new Republican governors, Tom Corbett takes a big hit in his job approval," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"A call for cuts in state funding to its universities may have hit a nerve with parents fearful tuitions could rise."

Pennsylvania voters are divided 45 - 47 percent whether they agree with Corbett's claim that universities can manage the cuts by reducing operating costs rather than raising tuition.

A total of 80 percent of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that tuition increases in public universities would make them unaffordable to some students.

Among Pennsylvania voters, 21 percent say someone in their family currently attends a public university in the state and 54 percent say someone in their family has graduated from one of these schools. Ultrasound/Abortion Legislation

There is a reverse gender gap as voters oppose 48 - 42 percent legislation that would require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before the procedure. Men oppose the measure 51 - 39 percent, while women are divided 45 - 45 percent. Voters with a college degree are opposed 57 - 35 percent while voters without a degree are divided 45 - 44 percent.

Voters oppose trans-vaginal ultrasounds 64 - 23 percent, with men opposed 67 - 18 percent and women opposed 61 - 28 percent.

A total of 54 percent of voters say abortion should be legal in all or most cases while 37 percent say it should be illegal in all or most cases.

"A plurality of Pennsylvania voters oppose requiring pregnant women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds 24 hours before an abortion, with men opposing the measure in greater numbers," Malloy said.

"Voters, men and women, are strongly opposed - almost 3-1 - to requiring women to undergo trans-vaginal ultrasounds."

From March 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,256 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 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.

14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              41%    61%    23%    46%    45%    38%
Disapprove           41     18     65     36     42     39
DK/NA                18     21     12     18     13     23
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              40%    42%    37%    40%    45%    46%    39%    40%    47%
Disapprove           49     37     44     41     43     37     39     47     37
DK/NA                11     21     18     19     12     18     22     13     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor? (*Low also 39% Apr 2011, Feb 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 15  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 29  Aug 03  Sep 29  Jun 14
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*
 
Approve              41      47      46      50      44      50      39
Disapprove           41      34      31      32      36      32      38
DK/NA                18      19      23      18      20      18      23
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              29%    41%    22%    24%    30%    28%
Disapprove           54     41     63     60     57     52
DK/NA                17     18     15     16     13     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              29%    28%    25%    26%    33%    34%    30%    26%    30%
Disapprove           56     54     59     55     53     54     53     62     50
DK/NA                15     18     16     19     14     13     17     12     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? (*Low also 25% Dec 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 15  Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14  Jul 13  Apr 10  May 13
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2010    2003    2010*
 
Approve              29      31      34      32      28      49      25
Disapprove           54      54      50      50      57      24      59
DK/NA                17      16      16      18      15      27      16
 
 
19. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        3%     4%     2%     3%     4%     2%
Smwht satisfied      40     49     37     36     39     42
Smwht dissatisfied   38     32     41     39     38     37
Very dissatisfied    19     15     20     22     19     19
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        4%     2%     2%     1%     4%     3%     3%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      39     41     38     41     37     43     42     33     46
Smwht dissatisfied   41     36     34     39     40     41     38     39     32
Very dissatisfied    16     20     25     18     19     12     17     24     17
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      -      -      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
                     Mar 15  Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27  Jun 05  Dec 15
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2002    2010
 
Very satisfied        3       2       3       2       2       8       2
Smwht satisfied      40      41      38      37      37      60      35
Smwht dissatisfied   38      37      36      38      33      22      37
Very dissatisfied    19      19      22      22      26       8      25
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       1       3       1
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              36%    54%    18%    37%    42%    30%
Disapprove           49     30     70     46     47     51
DK/NA                15     16     12     16     11     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              36%    36%    29%    38%    36%    46%    36%    32%    40%
Disapprove           55     47     51     49     54     43     51     55     43
DK/NA                 9     17     20     13     10     12     13     13     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                     Mar 15  Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              36      40      41      33      35
Disapprove           49      45      45      52      52
DK/NA                15      16      14      15      13
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the issue of state funding for Pennsylvania's public universities?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              27%    44%    12%    29%    35%    21%
Disapprove           53     33     73     48     49     56
DK/NA                20     23     14     23     17     23
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              28%    27%    25%    27%    28%    31%    26%    27%    31%
Disapprove           59     50     52     55     56     51     52     56     50
DK/NA                13     23     23     18     16     18     22     17     20
 
                                   PA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY.......
                     HAVE KIDS<18  GRAD Q38..    ATTENDING Q39
                     Yes    No     Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Approve              29%    27%    29%    26%    21%    29%
Disapprove           50     54     57     47     61     50
DK/NA                21     20     14     27     18     21
 
 
35. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose cutting funding for Pennsylvania's public universities?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              28%    44%    11%    30%    36%    20%
Oppose               65     47     83     63     58     72
DK/NA                 7      9      6      7      6      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              29%    27%    21%    31%    30%    32%    26%    30%    27%
Oppose               66     65     67     61     68     64     68     67     60
DK/NA                 5      8     12      8      2      5      6      3     13
 
                                   PA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY.......
                     HAVE KIDS<18  GRAD Q38..    ATTENDING Q39
                     Yes    No     Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Support              29%    27%    29%    27%    21%    30%
Oppose               65     65     64     66     73     63
DK/NA                 6      8      8      6      6      7
 
 
36. Governor Corbett said Pennsylvania's public universities can deal with state funding cuts without increasing tuition by reducing campus operating costs. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Agree                45%    63%    28%    48%    51%    40%
Disagree             47     29     65     45     42     52
DK/NA                 8      8      7      7      7      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Agree                43%    46%    40%    49%    44%    51%    42%    46%    50%
Disagree             51     45     51     46     50     42     50     48     41
DK/NA                 5      9      9      6      6      7      8      6      9
 
                                   PA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY.......
                     HAVE KIDS<18  GRAD Q38..    ATTENDING Q39
                     Yes    No     Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Agree                45%    45%    46%    45%    33%    49%
Disagree             48     47     47     47     59     44
DK/NA                 7      8      7      8      9      7
 
 
37. If tuition increases significantly at these institutions, how concerned are you that some students would not be able to afford to go to Pennsylvania's public universities; very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very concerned       51%    34%    65%    50%    44%    57%
Somewhat concerned   29     34     27     29     31     28
Not too concerned    11     17      4     10     13      9
Not concerned at all  8     13      3     10     11      5
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Very concerned       51%    50%    52%    50%    54%    47%    55%    51%    42%
Somewhat concerned   30     29     32     28     26     31     26     28     39
Not too concerned    10     11      7     12     11     11      9     15      7
Not concerned at all  8      8      7      9      8     11      9      6     10
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      1      1      1
 
                                   PA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY.......
                     HAVE KIDS<18  GRAD Q38..    ATTENDING Q39
                     Yes    No     Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Very concerned       56%    49%    50%    52%    59%    48%
Somewhat concerned   25     32     29     29     24     31
Not too concerned    10     11     11     11      5     13
Not concerned at all  8      8      9      8     11      8
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      2      -
 
 
38. Have you or has anyone in your family graduated from a Pennsylvania public university?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  54%    55%    55%    51%    58%    49%
No                   45     45     44     48     41     50
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  66%    48%    41%    65%    58%    55%    48%    56%    60%
No                   34     51     56     35     42     45     51     43     40
DK/NA                 -      1      3      -      -      -      2      -      -
 
                                   PA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY
                     HAVE KIDS<18  ATTENDING Q39
                     Yes    No     Yes    No
Yes                  48%    56%    59%    52%
No                   52     42     39     47
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1
 
 
39. Are you or is anyone in your family currently attending a Pennsylvania public university?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  21%    20%    22%    23%    19%    23%
No                   78     80     77     76     80     76
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  18%    22%    28%    17%    21%    17%    24%    21%    19%
No                   81     77     71     82     77     82     75     78     81
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      2      -      -
 
                                   PA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY
                     HAVE KIDS<18  GRAD Q38..
                     Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Yes                  22%    21%    23%    18%
No                   77     78     76     81
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -
 
 
40. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Legal all cases      25%    12%    33%    31%    21%    29%
Legal most cases     29     19     35     34     33     26
Illegal most cases   23     39     14     18     27     19
Illegal all cases    14     25      9     11     11     18
DK/NA                 8      6     10      7      8      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Legal all cases      30%    23%    21%    28%    24%    29%    30%    25%    17%
Legal most cases     34     27     28     28     32     33     30     31     25
Illegal most cases   20     24     22     22     26     25     25     20     25
Illegal all cases    12     16     21     14     11     10     11     14     21
DK/NA                 4     10      9      8      7      2      4     10     12
 
TREND: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                             LEGAL ALL+MOST
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 15  Apr 06  Feb 13  Dec 13  Jul 13  Mar 18  Apr 06
                     2012    2006    2006    2005    2005    2003    2006
 
Legal all cases      25      17      17      18      16      23      17
Legal most cases     29      34      36      35      37      32      34
Illegal most cases   23      26      25      26      27      24      26
Illegal all cases    14      15      16      16      14      17      15
DK/NA                 8       9       6       5       7       4       9
 
 
41. As you may know, the state legislature is considering a bill that would legally require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before the procedure. Do you support or oppose this bill?
                    Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              42%    58%    30%    37%    39%    45%
Oppose               48     32     60     53     51     45
DK/NA                10     10      9      9     11     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              35%    45%    46%    49%    36%    37%    44%    38%    44%
Oppose               57     44     45     39     55     59     47     54     44
DK/NA                 8     11      9     12      9      4      9      9     12
 
                     STAND ON ABORTION Q40
                     IN ALL or MOST CASES
                     Legal  Illegal
 
Support              28%    66%
Oppose               67     25
DK/NA                 5     10
 
 
42. In most cases a trans-vaginal ultrasound would be required due to the early stage of pre abortion pregnancies. A trans-vaginal ultra sound requires vaginal insertion of a probe. Do you support or oppose legally requiring trans-vaginal ultrasounds before a woman can get an abortion?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              23%    38%    16%    16%    18%    28%
Oppose               64     47     73     72     67     61
DK/NA                13     15     10     12     15     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              20%    24%    25%    23%    23%    25%    26%    20%    22%
Oppose               70     61     65     60     68     69     66     67     57
DK/NA                10     14     10     17     10      6      8     13     20
 
                     STAND ON ABORTION Q40
                     IN ALL or MOST CASES
                     Legal  Illegal
 
Support              13%    40%
Oppose               81     44
DK/NA                 7     15
 

Demographic Summary