Gov. Tom Corbett trails York County businessman Tom Wolf by 19 points—a margin of 52 percent for the Democrat to 33 for the Republican incumbent—according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University. Overall, the poll found that 55 percent of voters say Corbett does not deserve re-election.
Wolf, who served as secretary of Revenue in the Rendell administration, has been running commercials statewide since late January.
The general election is set for Nov. 4.
Corbett, in fact, trails all potential Democratic challengers, the poll shows.
• U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz leads Corbett 44 percent to 38 percent.
• State Treasurer Rob McCord is ahead 43 percent to 36 percent.
• Former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger leads with 40 percent to Corbett’s 37 percent.
• Former presidential adviser Katie McGinty leads with 40 percent to Corbett’s 38 percent.
• Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner leads Corbett 44 percent to 37 percent.
Corbett is viewed favorably by 38 percent of Pennsylvanians and negatively by 46 percent, the poll said. Wolf is viewed favorably by 42 percent with only 9 percent expressing negative views.
“A total of 68 percent of voters say the Keystone State’s economy is not so good or poor. In another question, 48 percent of voters say a minimum-wage increase would help the economy,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “That adds fuel to the fire for higher wages.”
In an open-ended question, 26 percent of Pennsylvania voters listed the economy or jobs as the top priority for Corbett and the state legislature, followed by 22 percent who listed education or education funding and 10 percent who listed some form of taxes.
Corbett received a negative 31 percent to 58 percent approval rating for his handling of the economy and jobs, with negative grades for his handling of other issues: 32 percent to 56 percent for handling taxes; 29 percent to 51 percent for handling health care; 36 percent to 49 percent for handling energy and the environment; 30 percent to 61 percent for handling education; 29 percent to 60 percent for handling government spending; 37 percent to 41 percent for handling transportation; 24 percent to 32 percent for handling abortion.
– John L. Kennedy, for the Law Weekly