Gov. Corbett's poll numbers are in a slump
January 29, 2013By Mary Wilson
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's mid-term approval rating is the lowest it's been since last June.
A Quinnipiac University poll finds 42 percent of polled registered voters disapprove of the way the governor is handling his job, while 36 percent approve of his efforts.
Tim Malloy, with the university's polling institute, says 51 percent of respondents say Corbett shouldn't get a second term.
"By nearly a two-to-one margin, Pennsylvanians do not want him to be re-elected," said Malloy. "We didn't poll why, but those are just the numbers. But he's kind of done a roller coaster for the last six months or so, but these are discouraging numbers."
The survey did not ask about Corbett's chances against other candidates in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Only one Democrat has made a formal bid for the seat — former state Department of Environmental Protection secretary John Hanger.
Several others from both parties say they're considering entering the race.
Malloy says there are not any real bright spots for Corbett in the poll.
"He has no great support in any demographic groups, no great support among women. He’s pretty much across the board underwater," said Malloy.