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Corbett's F&M silver lining: Healthy PA

Published by Karen Langley on .

Overall, Gov. Tom Corbett's numbers in the new Franklin & Marshall poll are not good.

One in five voters -- and only 37 percent of Republicans -- think he deserves reelection. Just 25 percent of voters think Pennsylvania is headed in the right direction. As many GOP voters think Corbett should let another Republican run in 2014 as think he should seek re-election.

The dim view by voters is not new (though the significance of such findings can only increase with the approach of next year's election.)

But the poll did have an interesting find: While Pennsylvania voters like the idea of expanding eligibility for Medicaid, which states can do through President Obama's health care law, there is even more support for Corbett's proposal to expand coverage using private insurance providers and work requirements.

Sixty-four percent of registered voters support increasing the number of Pennsylvania residents eligible for Medicaid, while 72 percent are in favor when the question describes the governor's plan to deliver insurance through private companies and require recipient to pay a monthly premium and prove they are either seeking work or in a job-training program.

More Pennsylvania registered voters think the Affordable Care Act will make the healthcare system better for Americans (21 percent say much better, 26 percent say somewhat better) than think the law will make it worse (12 percent say somewhat worse, 29 percent say much worse.) 

But more voters than not say they don't know very much about the law. Forty-seven percent said they know a great deal or a fair amount about the ACA, while 52 percent say they know only a little or nothing at all.

Finally, the poll found Obama's favorability numbers up since August. Fifty percent of Pennsylvania voters have a strongly or somewhat favorable opinion of the president, the poll found, up from 41 percent in August.

"The government shutdown appears to have helped the president's job approval ratings in the state, but does not seem to have made a significant difference for the other officials tested," according to the Franklin & Marshall College Poll release.

The Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College interviewed 628 Pennsylvania registered voters from Oct. 22 to 27. The sample error is +/- 3.9 percent.

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