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Poll: Pennsylvania’s Tea Party Governor Trails Democratic Challenger By Double Digits

Poll: Pennsylvania’s Tea Party Governor Trails Democratic Challenger By Double Digits

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is in deep trouble in his 2014 re-election campaign.

The poll finds that Corbett, a first-term Republican and Tea Party favorite, remains one of the least-popular governors in the country — 48 percent of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of Corbett’s job performance, while just 35 percent approve; similarly, voters view Corbett unfavorably by a 42 to 30 percent margin. When asked if Corbett deserves to be re-elected, 52 percent said no, while just 32 percent said yes.

Both of the Democratic candidates Quinnipiac tested against Corbett would defeat him easily, were the election held today. U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz, who currently leads the field for the Democratic nomination, bests Corbett by a 45 to 35 percent margin. State Treasurer Rob McCord also leads Corbett, 43 to 35 percent — this despite McCord’s minuscule 14 percent name recognition.

Corbett’s awful numbers among women — which have doubtlessly been exacerbated by politically clumsy incidents like dismissing opposition to a mandatory ultrasound bill by telling women “you just have to close your eyes” — are making the governor’s re-election an uphill battle. Women favor Schwartz over Corbett by a 52 to 28 percent margin, and McCord leads the governor among women by 48 to 28 percent.

“Already unpopular with Pennsylvania women, Gov. Tom Corbett trails the leading female challenger, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, and State Treasurer Rob McCord,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Election Day is 17 months away, but Schwartz is in a strong position to become Pennsylvania’s first female governor.”

The poll surveyed 1,032 registered voters from May 30 through June 4, and has a +/- 3.2 percent margin of error. Full results can be seen here.

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  • FredAppell

    Women voters are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Republican’s also eluded that
    your gender is stupid too. After the presidential elections were over, Republicans were
    publicly saying that all of you misunderstood the Republican message. How do feel being told you’re not intelligent enough to comprehend what is being told to you?
    The misogynistic T/P want to keep you subservient. America is no longer a country of Puritans. If we are not progressing, we are not reaching our full potential.

    • sigrid28

      Well said, Fred. As I recall, another problem for Tom Corbett’s re-election is his party’s undisguised attempts to disenfranchise voters during the 2012 election, enacting new ID requirements his state government did not have time to service (the DOJ stopped that) and limiting hours and days for voting, creating long lines. Minority voters would come out in droves to unseat this governor for that reason alone.

      • FredAppell

        I suppose we should feel fortunate that they are so transparent. I take no comfort in that fact. They have proven that they care little for what others think. Anarchists never do, they have a twisted ideology that they are trying to force on the rest of us come hell or high water. Voting rights are just another bump in the road for them to deal with but it won’t slow them down as long as they have some very wealthy donors backing them. I think the wealthy right wing class have found their useful idiots to
        try to reclaim their vision of America.

  • lostintheswamp

    tom, your numbers are terrible …. but, no one’s forcing you to look ….

  • Buford2k11

    Another Koch boys favorite is going down…the Hate and Fear campaign is flagging….

    • Independent1

      I’m certainly hoping that there are a lot of Americans who start waking up and seeing the damage that the GOP is doing to America. We need to get rid of a lot of GOPers in 2014 and 2016.

  • Lynda Groom

    Maybe Gov Corbett can close his eyes and it will all go away.

  • Budjob

    We have an idiot Governor to dump in Ohio also.His name is John KaSICK!!