Ed Rendell continues to loom large, even near the end of his eight-year run.
Republican Tom Corbett's 10-point lead in the governor's race over Dan Onorato is "wide and deep," benefitting from worries over the economy and Rendell's staggeringly low 24% approval rating in 62 of the state's 67 counties, says the new Susquehanna poll:
Our latest poll in the governor’s race earlier this summer shows Attorney General Tom Corbett with a 10-point, 43% to 33% lead over Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato; 24% of voters were undecided at the time the survey was taken (June 3-7). For all intents and purposes, Corbett’s lead is wide and deep and he leads in nearly all regions of the state.
. . . Simply put, this animosity is not a Republican or Democrat thing. Rather, its’ very foundation is more driven by a lousy economic climate, a sentiment shared by most that our state is on the wrong track, and eight years of bad Rendell publicity piled high from continued late budgets, high taxes and record state spending. But just as importantly, it has everything to do with a governor that has lost favor with the people, or one that most voters no longer believe shares their concerns and values or hopes and dreams for the future.