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Q poll: No strong Corbett support anywhere

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Gov. Tom Corbett's already bad approval ratings are getting worse, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

"There is no strong base of support for Gov. Corbett among any income or age group or in any region of the state," their latest findings state.

While 40 percent disapproved of his job performance (to 38 percent approving) in their November study, those numbers have deteriorated to 42 and 36 percent by January. Voters don't like his overall handling of the Penn State scandal either, despite agreeing to his fight against NCAA sanctions.

From Quinnipiac this morning:

There is a large gender gap in today's results, as women disapprove 45 – 31 percent  while men approve 41 – 37 percent. Republicans approve by a lukewarm 52 – 25 percent. Disapproval is 57 – 24 percent among Democrats and 39 – 36 percent among independent voters.

There is no strong base of support for Gov. Corbett among any income or age group or in any region of the state.

The governor does not deserve to be reelected, Pennsylvania voters say 51 – 31 percent, including 54 – 24 percent among women and 48 – 38 percent among men. Only 49 percent of Republicans say Corbett deserves to be reelected.

"It's halftime in Gov. Tom Corbett's first term and if he were running a football team instead of a state, he'd fire his offensive coordinator," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Gov. Corbett has hit the 50 percent approval rating only once so far, mainly because of his bad grades from women."

Pennsylvania voters disapprove 50 – 26 percent of the way Corbett has handled the Penn State situation over the last few years Voters in households where someone attends or has graduated from Penn State disapprove 59 – 23 percent. There is no measurable gender gap on this question as no group approves of Corbett's handling of this issue.

Voters do approve 43 – 37 percent of Corbett's lawsuit challenging the NCAA sanctions against Penn State. Men approve 51 – 35 percent while women are divided with 37 percent approving and 39 percent disapproving.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,221 registered voters Jan. 22-27 via live land line and cell interviews. Margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Full results here.

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