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“At this point in his term, it is unusual to have this many voters still undecided about thegovernor’s job performance,” Malloy added.“Corbett’s low approval among women is due in part because women are more likely todisapprove of his handling of the budget. In particular, they are more likely to say theydisapprove of cutting funding to state universities, opposing this step 67 – 26 percent.”Pennsylvania voters say 49 – 44 percent that the governor should be the highest paid state public employee.Wages and benefits for state workers are too high, 45 percent of voters say, while 12 percent say they are too low and 34 percent say they are about right.Pennsylvania voters say 63 – 30 percent that the economic benefits of natural gas drillingin the Marcellus Shale outweigh the environmental impacts. Support is strong among men,women, all parties and in all regions, ranging from 55 – 38 percent among voters in the northeastcorner of the state to 69 – 25 percent among voters in the northwest corner.Voters support 69 – 24 percent a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas. EvenRepublicans support such a tax 59 – 33 percent. Support tops 60 percent among all other groupsand in all regions.“ ‘Drill, baby, drill,’ is the call from Pennsylvania voters, and ‘tax, baby, tax,’ is thefollow-up as voters see natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale as an economic plus more thanan environmental negative,” Malloy said. “They also see added taxes on gas drillers as one of the few acceptable ways to help balance the budget.”Looking at other possible budget-balancing steps, Pennsylvania voters:
Support 69 – 25 percent selling state liquor stores;
Oppose 54 – 34 percent leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private company;
Support 70 – 26 percent a wage freeze for state employees;
Split 45 – 47 percent on layoffs for state employees;
Oppose 62 – 31 percent funding cuts for state and state-related universities.From June 7 – 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,277 registered voters with a marginof error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and thenation as a public service and for research.