December 18, 2013 - Pennsylvania Gov Gets Bad Scores, Trails Schwartz, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gambling Is Good, But No More And Not Here, Voters Say
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Pennsylvania voters give Gov. Tom Corbett a negative 36 - 53 percent approval rating, his worst net score ever, and say 56 - 36 percent that he does not deserve reelection, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to Gov. Corbett's negative 35 - 48 percent approval in a June 7 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, when voters said 52 - 32 percent he does not deserve reelection.

Today, Corbett gets negative grades of 31 - 58 percent from women, 42 - 47 percent from men, 16 - 75 percent from Democrats and 35 - 53 percent from independent voters. Republicans approve 61 - 27 percent.

As the 2014 election year begins, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz leads Corbett 45 - 37 percent. Matchups with other possible Democratic challengers show:
  • State Treasurer Rob McCord with 42 percent to Corbett's 39 percent;
  • Corbett over former State Public Utility Commissioner John Hanger 42 - 37 percent;
  • Former presidential advisor Katie McGinty over Corbett 44 - 37 percent;
  • Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski with 41 percent to Corbett's 39 percent;
  • Former State Auditor General Jack Wagner over Corbett 48 - 36 percent;
  • Former State Department of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf over Corbett 44 - 37 percent.
"Pennsylvania voters deliver a big bag of coal to Gov. Tom Corbett and directions to the State House exit as he heads into the holidays with the worst net approval rating he has ever had," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The governor has 11 months to turn things around, or to hope that the Democrats rip each other apart as they battle for the chance to take on what looks like an easy target."

Pennsylvania voters say 52 - 40 percent that Gov. Corbett should not run for reelection and give him negative grades on his handling of a number of issues:
  • 28 - 62 percent for handling taxes;
  • 33 - 51 percent for handling health care;
  • 33 - 57 percent for handling the economy;
  • 28 - 62 percent for handling education;
  • 26 - 64 percent for handling government spending;
  • 29 - 50 percent for handling the Penn State situation;
  • 27 - 42 percent for handling issues of special concern to women;
  • 34 - 47 percent for handling transportation.
Voters are divided on whether the governor is honest and trustworthy, as 43 percent say yes and 46 percent say no. They also are divided on whether he is a strong leader, with 48 percent yes and 45 percent no. And he doesn't care about their needs and problems, voters say 57 - 35 percent.

"If it were a Penn State game, it would be a blowout," Malloy said. "Some 56 percent of Pennsylvania voters say Gov. Corbett does not deserve a second chance and 52 percent say he shouldn't even come out of the locker room for the second half."

Gambling

The current legal gambling in Pennsylvania is a "good thing," voters say 55 - 37 percent. But voters oppose 57 - 39 percent having casino gambling in the town or city where they live. Voters also oppose 62 - 33 percent legalized online gambling in the state.

Increasing the number of casinos and legalizing online gambling would lead to increased gambling addiction in Pennsylvania, voters say 70 - 26 percent.

But voters agree 71 - 26 percent with the argument that it's better for people who like to gamble to keep their money in Pennsylvania rather than gamble in another state.

"Pennsylvania voters are OK with keeping the roulette wheels turning, but think internet gambling is a bad idea and gambling is a pathway to addiction," Malloy said.

From December 11 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,061 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (Split Sample) If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Rob McCord the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
McCord               42%     8%    86%    33%    37%    46%    71%    49%    17%
Corbett              39     77      4     35     44     34     10     26     70
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      4      1      3      1      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      3      4      4      2      3      5      1
DK/NA                15     12      6     24     15     15     15     17     11
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Rob McCord the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Dec 18  Jun 07  Apr 29  Mar 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013
 
McCord               42      43      44      38
Corbett              39      35      35      42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3       3       3
DK/NA                15      17      17      16
 
 
2. (Split Sample) If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Allyson Schwartz the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Schwartz             45%    12%    86%    37%    39%    51%    82%    54%    18%
Corbett              37     71      5     39     39     35      6     28     65
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      3      1      2      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      3      3      6      2      2      4      5
DK/NA                12     12      5     17     15     10      8     13     11
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Allyson Schwartz the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Dec 18  Jun 07  Apr 29  Mar 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Schwartz             45      45      47      42
Corbett              37      35      34      39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3       3       3
DK/NA                12      16      14      15
 
 
3. (Split Sample) If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hanger the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Hanger               37%    11%    69%    29%    36%    39%    68%    41%    15%
Corbett              42     74     11     43     48     36     11     33     69
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      2      3      1      3      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      3      4      9      6      4      2      7      4
DK/NA                14     11     14     16      9     18     15     18     10
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hanger the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Dec 18  Mar 13
                     2013    2013
 
Hanger               37      41
Corbett              42      42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5       2
DK/NA                14      13
 
 
4. (Split Sample) If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Katie McGinty the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
McGinty              44%    12%    80%    31%    38%    48%    77%    53%    13%
Corbett              37     74      7     40     42     34     10     24     71
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      3      1      1      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      4      3      4      2      3      3      4
DK/NA                15     13      8     24     15     15      9     20     12
 
 
5. (Split Sample) If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Ed Pawlowski the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Pawlowski            41%     8%    80%    36%    36%    47%    78%    51%    13%
Corbett              39     74      6     42     48     32     10     24     71
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      2      1      3      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      1      3      6      2      5      2      5      4
DK/NA                14     16      9     14     14     13      7     19     11
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Ed Pawlowski the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Dec 18  Mar 13
                     2013    2013
 
Pawlowski            41      44
Corbett              39      38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3
DK/NA                14      13
 
 
6. (Split Sample) If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jack Wagner the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Wagner               48%    12%    86%    34%    44%    51%    77%    54%    23%
Corbett              36     71      6     41     42     30      8     28     63
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      2      1      -      2      3      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      4      5      4      4      1      6      4
DK/NA                11     13      2     18     10     12     11     11     10
 
 
7. (Split Sample) If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Tom Wolf the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Wolf                 44%    13%    81%    35%    40%    47%    77%    54%    14%
Corbett              37     73      6     36     42     32     10     23     67
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      2      1      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      2      4      8      5      4      3      7      3
DK/NA                14     12      9     19     12     16     10     16     14
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Tom Wolf the Democrat and Tom Corbett the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Dec 18  Mar 13
                     2013    2013
 
Wolf                 44      39
Corbett              37      39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5       2
DK/NA                14      18
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              36%    61%    16%    35%    42%    31%    15%    30%    57%
Disapprove           53     27     75     53     47     58     75     61     30
DK/NA                11     13      9     12     11     11     10      9     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor? (* Approve Low also 35% Jun 2012)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DISAPPROVE
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Dec 18  Jun 07  Apr 29  Mar 13  Sep 29  Jun 07  Dec 18
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2013*   2013
 
Approve              36      35      38      39      50      35      36
Disapprove           53      48      47      49      32      48      53
DK/NA                11      16      15      12      18      16      11
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              31%    49%    19%    29%    37%    27%    19%    27%    44%
Disapprove           56     36     68     60     52     59     69     64     41
DK/NA                13     14     13     11     11     14     12     10     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
                     Dec 18  Jun 07  Apr 29  Mar 13  Jan 29  Apr 10  May 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2003    2010*
 
Approve              31      27      29      28      33      49      25
Disapprove           56      53      52      58      46      24      59
DK/NA                13      20      19      14      20      27      16
 
 
25. Do you feel that Tom Corbett deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Deserves         36%    59%    13%    36%    39%    32%    11%    27%    60%
No/Does not          56     31     80     54     53     59     78     66     31
DK/NA                 9      9      7      9      8      9     11      7      8
 
TREND: Do you feel that Tom Corbett deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Dec 18  Jun 07  Apr 29  Mar 13  Jan 29
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Yes/Deserves         36      32      32      35      31
No/Does not          56      52      50      53      51
DK/NA                 9      16      17      12      18
 
 
26. 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?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     2%     1%     3%     1%     1%     1%     4%
Smwht satisfied      39     56     25     41     42     37     28     30     57
Smwht dissatisfied   36     26     42     39     35     38     40     45     25
Very dissatisfied    21     14     30     18     20     22     31     23     13
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      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
                     Dec 18  Jun 07  Apr 29  Mar 13  Jan 29  Jun 05  Dec 15
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2002    2010
 
Very satisfied        2       4       4       3       3       8       2
Smwht satisfied      39      42      41      41      42      60      35
Smwht dissatisfied   36      34      38      38      37      22      37
Very dissatisfied    21      18      16      18      18       8      25
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       1
 
 
27. Do you think Tom Corbett should or should not run for reelection as Governor?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Should               40%    61%    23%    40%    46%    35%    25%    34%    58%
Should not           52     32     71     52     48     56     69     61     33
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      6      8      7      5      9
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - the economy?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              33%    56%    13%    32%    37%    29%    13%    23%    55%
Disapprove           57     35     78     56     52     61     77     68     33
DK/NA                10      8      9     12     11      9     10      9     12
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - health care?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              33%    49%    19%    35%    36%    30%    16%    27%    50%
Disapprove           51     30     71     50     50     52     71     58     31
DK/NA                16     22     10     15     15     18     12     15     19
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - education?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              28%    47%    13%    28%    32%    25%    14%    20%    46%
Disapprove           62     39     80     63     58     65     79     73     39
DK/NA                10     14      7      9     11      9      7      7     15
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - government spending?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              26%    43%     9%    29%    33%    20%    11%    19%    44%
Disapprove           64     46     83     60     57     70     79     73     44
DK/NA                10     11      8     11      9     10     11      8     12
 
 
32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - the Penn State situation?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              29%    35%    23%    29%    29%    28%    17%    27%    39%
Disapprove           50     40     61     47     50     49     67     54     35
DK/NA                22     25     15     24     20     23     16     19     26
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - taxes?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              28%    44%    17%    26%    32%    25%    13%    23%    43%
Disapprove           62     44     76     63     60     63     75     69     45
DK/NA                10     12      7     11      9     12     12      7     12
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - transportation?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              34%    47%    21%    39%    38%    31%    21%    31%    47%
Disapprove           47     35     60     43     48     46     58     51     35
DK/NA                19     18     19     19     14     23     21     18     18
 
 
35. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling - issues of special concern to women?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              27%    48%    11%    26%    28%    26%    10%    20%    46%
Disapprove           42     19     68     42     39     45     70     51     18
DK/NA                30     33     22     32     33     28     20     29     36
 
 
36. Would you say that Tom Corbett - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  48%    63%    30%    54%    49%    47%    32%    44%    62%
No                   45     29     63     38     44     46     64     49     29
DK/NA                 7      8      6      8      7      7      4      6      9
 
TREND: Would you say that Tom Corbett has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Dec 18  Nov 15
                     2013    2012
 
Yes                  48      47
No                   45      35
DK/NA                 7      18
 
 
37. Would you say that Tom Corbett - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  43%    68%    24%    42%    50%    36%    19%    38%    64%
No                   46     25     64     46     41     50     69     50     27
DK/NA                11      7     12     12      8     14     11     12      9
 
 
38. Would you say that Tom Corbett - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  35%    58%    14%    34%    38%    32%    18%    24%    57%
No                   57     32     80     59     52     61     77     70     31
DK/NA                 8     10      6      7     10      7      5      6     11
 
 
39. Do you think Tom Corbett is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Liberal              15%    19%    12%    14%    13%    17%     3%    16%    21%
Conservative         33     10     57     29     32     34     71     38      8
About right          37     57     19     38     40     35     15     30     58
DK/NA                15     13     12     19     15     15     10     16     14
 
 
42. Do you think the current legal gambling in Pennsylvania is a good thing or a bad thing for Pennsylvania?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good thing           55%    54%    56%    57%    57%    54%    53%    59%    51%
Bad thing            37     39     36     34     36     37     39     32     40
DK/NA                 8      7      8      9      8      9      8      9      9
 
TREND: Do you think the current legal gambling in Pennsylvania is a good thing or a bad thing for Pennsylvania?
                     Dec 18  Feb 16
                     2013    2011
 
Good thing           55      64
Bad Thing            37      29
DK/NA                 8       6
 
 
43. Do you think there should or should not be more casinos in Pennsylvania?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Should               23%    22%    22%    28%    26%    21%    24%    25%    21%
Should not           70     73     72     66     68     72     71     70     70
DK/NA                 7      6      6      6      6      7      5      5      9
 
 
44. Would you support or oppose having casino gambling in the town or city you live in?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              39%    36%    39%    41%    42%    36%    40%    42%    34%
Oppose               57     61     56     54     53     60     57     55     58
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      6      4      4      3      7
 
 
45. Would you support or oppose legalizing online gambling in Pennsylvania?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              33%    29%    32%    36%    39%    27%    37%    34%    30%
Oppose               62     66     63     60     54     69     57     63     64
DK/NA                 5      6      5      3      6      4      5      3      6
 
 
46. Do you think increasing the number of casinos and legalizing online gambling would lead to an increase in gambling addiction in Pennsylvania or don't you think so?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Incr addiction   70%    71%    72%    71%    68%    72%    69%    69%    71%
No                   26     26     23     26     28     24     26     26     25
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      4      4      4      4      4
 
 
47. Some people say that it's better for Pennsylvania that people who like to gamble spend their money in Pennsylvania than take it to other states. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               POLITICAL PHILSPHY
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                71%    72%    72%    69%    74%    68%    65%    75%    69%
Disagree             26     24     25     27     24     27     29     22     28
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      2      5      7      3      3
 
 
 

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