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Quinnipiac University Gov. Poll

Quinnipiac University Gov. Poll

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FOR RELEASE: AUGUST 3, 2011
SHIFT BY WOMEN LIFTS PENNSYLVANIA GOV. CORBETT,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;MORE WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT MEANS FEWER SEX SCANDALS
A shift by women voters helps give Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett a 44 ± 36 percent jobapproval, his first noticeable boost in job approval since he took office in January, according to aQuinnipiac University poll released today.Today¶s results are a jump from Gov. Corbett¶s 39 ± 38 percent approval rating in a June14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Today, women giveCorbett a narrowly negative 37 ± 41 percent approval, compared to negative 30 ± 43 percentmark in June. Men approve 51 ± 31 percent, compared to 48 ± 34 percent in June.Pennsylvania voters like their governor as a person 48 ± 15 percent, with 37 percent stillundecided. But voters say 43 ± 40 percent that they don¶t like Corbett¶s policies.Voters disapprove 45 ± 41 percent of the way Corbett is handling the state budget, butthat is a better score than many governors are getting during these difficult economic times.³Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who had a 39 percent job approval in each of our firstthree polls this year, might be seeing some daylight,´ said Tim Malloy, assistant director of theQuinnipiac University Polling Institute. ³He¶s doing better than his Republican neighbors, OhioGov. John Kasich, who had a negative 35 ± 50 percent approval in our July 20 survey, and NewJersey Gov. Christopher Christie, who had a negative 44 ± 47 percent score June 21. Both of those governors suffer from big negatives among women voters.´Pennsylvania voters say 59 ± 32 percent that the economic benefits of drilling for naturalgas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh environmental concerns, compared to 63 ± 20 percentsupport in Quinnipiac University¶s June 14 survey.Today, support for drilling is 79 ± 16 percent among Republicans and 55 ± 35 percentamong independent voters. Democrats split 44 ± 45 percent.
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Voters support 63 ± 28 percent, including 53 ± 38 percent among Republicans, a new taxon companies drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.By an even larger 78 ± 17 percent, voters support a proposed fee on drilling companies,with proceeds used to reimburse local communities for the impact of drilling. Support is highamong all groups and in every region of the state.³By almost 2-1 margins, Pennsylvania voters remain convinced of the benefits of tappingthe natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale,´ Malloy said. ³And by overwhelming margins,they want to tap the financial resources of the companies doing the drilling.´
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There should be more women in high elected office, 51 percent of Pennsylvania voterssay, while 5 percent say there should be fewer women and 31 percent say the number of womenis about right. Among women voters, 56 percent want more women in office, while 45 percentof men want more women elected.Pennsylvania voters personally hope 63 ± 22 percent that the U.S. has a woman presidentin their lifetime. Hoping for a woman president are 67 percent of women and 58 percent of men.And voters expect 70 ± 22 percent that there will be a woman president in their lifetime.Male officials are more likely than women officials to have sex scandals, voters say71 ± 1 percent, with 25 percent saying there is not much difference. These strong attitudes areshared by all groups and in every region of the state.There is not much difference between man and women officials on who would have theright priorities, 72 percent of voters say. Women officials would be better problem solvers,voters say 28 ± 6 percent, with 63 percent saying there is not much difference.³Pennsylvania voters say we need more women in high political office. We can¶t agreethat they would be better problem solvers or would have better priorities, but almost everyoneagrees there would be fewer sex scandals,´ Malloy said.From July 25 ± 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,358 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, Virginiaand the nation as a public service and for research.
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6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?UnionTot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom HsHldsApprove 44% 64% 26% 46% 51% 37% 38%Disapprove 36 19 55 34 31 41 42DK/NA 20 17 19 21 18 22 20Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst CntrlApprove 46% 28% 31% 44% 44% 42% 56%Disapprove 33 52 48 33 30 40 29DK/NA 21 20 20 23 26 18 15TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job asGovernor?Aug 03 Jun 14 Apr 27 Feb 162011 2011 2011 2011Approve 44 39 39 39Disapprove 36 38 37 11DK/NA 20 23 24 507. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?UnionTot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom HsHldsApprove 34% 48% 21% 32% 40% 28% 26%Disapprove 50 36 62 54 47 53 58DK/NA 16 16 17 14 13 19 16Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst CntrlApprove 35% 25% 30% 39% 38% 32% 34%Disapprove 50 57 52 43 46 60 50DK/NA 15 18 18 18 16 7 16TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?(*Low also 25% Dec 2009)APPROVE.....High LowAug 03 Jun 14 Jul 13 May 13 Apr 8 Apr 10 May 132011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2003 2010*Approve 34 32 28 25 31 49 25Disapprove 50 50 57 59 54 24 59DK/NA 16 18 15 16 14 27 16

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