August 3, 2011 - Shift By Women Lifts Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Women In Government Means Fewer Sex Scandals

Word format

A shift by women voters helps give Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett a 44 - 36 percent job approval, his first noticeable boost in job approval since he took office in January, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Today's results are a jump from Gov. Corbett's 39 - 38 percent approval rating in a June 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Today, women give Corbett a narrowly negative 37 - 41 percent approval, compared to negative 30 - 43 percent mark in June. Men approve 51 - 31 percent, compared to 48 - 34 percent in June.

Pennsylvania voters like their governor as a person 48 - 15 percent, with 37 percent still undecided. But voters say 43 - 40 percent that they don't like Corbett's policies.

Voters disapprove 45 - 41 percent of the way Corbett is handling the state budget, but that is a better score than many governors are getting during these difficult economic times.

"Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who had a 39 percent job approval in each of our first three polls this year, might be seeing some daylight," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "He's doing better than his Republican neighbors, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who had a negative 35 - 50 percent approval in our July 20 survey, and New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, who had a negative 44 - 47 percent score June 21. Both of those governors suffer from big negatives among women voters."

Pennsylvania voters say 59 - 32 percent that the economic benefits of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh environmental concerns, compared to 63 - 20 percent support in Quinnipiac University's June 14 survey.

Today, support for drilling is 79 - 16 percent among Republicans and 55 - 35 percent among independent voters. Democrats split 44 - 45 percent.

Voters support 63 - 28 percent, including 53 - 38 percent among Republicans, a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.

By an even larger 78 - 17 percent, voters support a proposed fee on drilling companies, with proceeds used to reimburse local communities for the impact of drilling. Support is high among all groups and in every region of the state.

"By almost 2-1 margins, Pennsylvania voters remain convinced of the benefits of tapping the natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale," Malloy said. "And by overwhelming margins, they want to tap the financial resources of the companies doing the drilling."

Women in Government

There should be more women in high elected office, 51 percent of Pennsylvania voters say, while 5 percent say there should be fewer women and 31 percent say the number of women is about right. Among women voters, 56 percent want more women in office, while 45 percent of men want more women elected.

Pennsylvania voters personally hope 63 - 22 percent that the U.S. has a woman president in their lifetime. Hoping for a woman president are 67 percent of women and 58 percent of men. And voters expect 70 - 22 percent that there will be a woman president in their lifetime.

Male officials are more likely than women officials to have sex scandals, voters say 71 - 1 percent, with 25 percent saying there is not much difference. These strong attitudes are shared by all groups and in every region of the state.

There is not much difference between man and women officials on who would have the right priorities, 72 percent of voters say. Women officials would be better problem solvers, voters say 28 - 6 percent, with 63 percent saying there is not much difference.

"Pennsylvania voters say we need more women in high political office. We can't agree that they would be better problem solvers or would have better priorities, but almost everyone agrees there would be fewer sex scandals," Malloy said.

From July 25 - 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,358 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.


6. 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              44%    64%    26%    46%    51%    37%    38%
Disapprove           36     19     55     34     31     41     42
DK/NA                20     17     19     21     18     22     20
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              46%    28%    31%    44%    44%    42%    56%
Disapprove           33     52     48     33     30     40     29
DK/NA                21     20     20     23     26     18     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?
                     Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              44      39      39      39
Disapprove           36      38      37      11
DK/NA                20      23      24      50
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              34%    48%    21%    32%    40%    28%    26%
Disapprove           50     36     62     54     47     53     58
DK/NA                16     16     17     14     13     19     16
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              35%    25%    30%    39%    38%    32%    34%
Disapprove           50     57     52     43     46     60     50
DK/NA                15     18     18     18     16      7     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
                     Aug 03  Jun 14  Jul 13  May 13  Apr 8   Apr 10  May 13
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2003    2010*
 
Approve              34      32      28      25      31      49      25
Disapprove           50      50      57      59      54      24      59
DK/NA                16      18      15      16      14      27      16
 
 
13. 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        3%     4%     4%     3%     3%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      38     47     31     36     42     33     31
Smwht dissatisfied   36     31     40     37     34     38     42
Very dissatisfied    22     17     25     25     19     25     24
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      -      -
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Very satisfied        6%     1%     4%     3%     4%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      34     32     27     43     39     41     41
Smwht dissatisfied   42     38     40     37     32     27     34
Very dissatisfied    18     29     28     17     22     30     21
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      3      -      -
 
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
                     Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27  Feb 16  Dec 15  Jun 05  Dec 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2002    2010
 
Very satisfied        3       2       2       4       2       8       2
Smwht satisfied      38      37      37      43      35      60      35
Smwht dissatisfied   36      38      33      36      37      22      37
Very dissatisfied    22      22      26      15      25       8      25
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       1       3       1
 
 
17. 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                 48%    64%    34%    50%    55%    41%    41%
Don't Like           15      8     23     14     14     16     24
DK/NA                37     28     43     36     31     42     35
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Like                 51%    36%    36%    47%    56%    46%    57%
Don't Like           15     18     21     12     12     17     13
DK/NA                34     46     43     41     33     37     30
 
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?
                     Aug 03  Jun 14
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 48      51
Don't Like           15      14
DK/NA                37      35
 
18. 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                 40%    66%    16%    41%    49%    32%    30%
Don't Like           43     19     68     40     38     47     55
DK/NA                17     14     15     19     13     21     14
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Like                 43%    25%    31%    34%    45%    40%    53%
Don't Like           41     53     49     48     34     44     35
DK/NA                16     23     19     18     22     16     12
 
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?
                     Aug 03  Jun 14
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 40      38
Don't Like           43      43
DK/NA                17      19
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              41%    59%    22%    43%    49%    33%    34%
Disapprove           45     28     66     40     41     49     54
DK/NA                14     13     13     16     10     18     13
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              44%    24%    28%    38%    49%    43%    50%
Disapprove           42     63     57     44     36     42     38
DK/NA                13     13     15     18     15     15     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget?
                     Aug 03  Jun 14  Apr 27
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              41      33      35
Disapprove           45      52      52
DK/NA                14      15      13
 
 
22. 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              63%    53%    70%    70%    64%    62%    68%
Oppose               28     38     22     23     30     26     26
DK/NA                 8     10      8      7      5     11      5
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              62%    52%    71%    64%    63%    57%    67%
Oppose               33     36     19     28     29     34     26
DK/NA                 5     12     10      8      8      9      8
 
 
23. 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             59%    79%    44%    55%    66%    54%    58%
No drilling          32     16     45     35     28     37     36
DK/NA                 8      4     11      9      7     10      6
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Drilling             59%    51%    54%    56%    71%    65%    62%
No drilling          32     36     36     38     26     22     31
DK/NA                 9     13     10      6      3     13      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?
                     Aug 03  Jun 14
                     2011    2011
 
Drilling             59      63
No drilling          32      30
DK/NA                 8       7
 
 
24. As you may know, a commission appointed by Governor Corbett has recommended a new fee on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale. The fee would be used to reimburse local communities for specific impacts to roads and the environment created by drilling. Do you support or oppose this fee?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              78%    78%    75%    85%    81%    74%    83%
Oppose               17     18     20     10     16     18     13
DK/NA                 5      4      6      5      3      8      4
 
 
25. Thinking about the number of women who hold high level political office in the United States today - such as governors and members of Congress - would you say that there should be more, should be fewer, or is the number about right?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Should be more       51%    37%    64%    55%    45%    56%    54%
Should be fewer       5      5      4      4      4      5      4
About right          31     40     22     30     35     28     28
DK/NA                14     18     10     11     16     12     14
 
26. How concerned are you that Pennsylvania has never had a female Governor or female United States Senator? Very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Very concerned        9%     3%    16%     8%     5%    14%    12%
Somewhat concerned   22     16     27     26     21     23     20
Not too concerned    32     35     31     29     31     33     32
Not concerned at all 36     45     24     35     42     29     35
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
 
27. In Pennsylvania, of the 19 Congress people only one is a woman. How concerned are you about the lack of Pennsylvania Congresswomen? Very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Very concerned       15%     5%    23%    17%     9%    20%    16%
Somewhat concerned   27     23     31     28     26     28     29
Not too concerned    28     32     26     26     30     26     27
Not concerned at all 29     40     18     27     34     24     28
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1
 
 
28. In general, do you personally hope that the United States has a woman President in your lifetime?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Yes                  63%    51%    73%    68%    58%    67%    67%
No                   22     26     18     20     22     23     20
DK/NA                15     23      8     12     20     10     13
 
 
29. Do you think the United States will have a woman President in your lifetime?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Yes                  70%    78%    67%    68%    73%    68%    70%
No                   22     15     26     26     21     23     25
DK/NA                 8      7      8      6      6      9      5
 
 
30. Who do you think are more likely to have the right priorities - male elected officials or female elected officials or is there not much difference between them?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Male officials        8%     9%     7%     5%     6%     9%     8%
Female officials     16     14     21     16     12     21     18
Not much difference  72     74     69     73     79     66     70
DK/NA                 4      3      3      5      3      4      5
 
 
 
31. Who do you think are more likely to be problem solvers - male elected officials or female elected officials or is there not much difference between them?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Male officials        6%     8%     7%     4%     8%     5%     6%
Female officials     28     26     31     27     17     39     28
Not much difference  63     64     59     66     72     54     64
DK/NA                 2      1      3      4      2      3      2
 
 
32. Who do you think are more likely to have sex scandals - male elected officials or female elected officials or is there not much difference between them?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Male officials       71%    68%    74%    72%    72%    70%    72%
Female officials      1      2      1      1      1      1      2
Not much difference  25     25     23     23     23     26     24
DK/NA                 4      5      2      3      4      3      3
 
 
33. Do you think the news media is - tougher on female candidates than on male candidates, tougher on male candidates than on female candidates or do you think the news media treats them about the same?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Tougher on females   40%    48%    33%    42%    37%    43%    44%
Tougher on males      8      7      7      7     10      6      7
Treats them the same 48     40     55     47     49     47     47
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      4      4      2
 
 
34. Do you think the news media gives too much attention to the health problems of female candidates, not enough attention, or about the right amount of attention?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Too much             25%    27%    20%    28%    24%    25%    31%
Not enough           10      7     12     10      8     11      9
About right amount   57     59     59     56     62     53     52
DK/NA                 9      7      9      7      7     11      8
 
 
 
35. Do you think the news media gives too much attention to the health problems of male candidates, not enough attention, or about the right amount of attention?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Too much             17%    18%    16%    19%    19%    16%    19%
Not enough            9      8     10     12      7     12      7
About right amount   66     69     68     61     68     63     66
DK/NA                 8      5      7      8      5     10      8
 
 

Demographic Summary