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Sept. 29 Quinnipiac Gov Poll

Sept. 29 Quinnipiac Gov Poll

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FOR RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
PENNSYLVANIA GOV BATTING .500 WITH VOTERS,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;PRIVATIZE STATE STORES, NOT PARKS, VOTERS SAY
With an 8-point jump among women voters, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gets a 50
 – 
32percent approval rating from voters, his best score so far, according to a Quinnipiac Universitypoll released today.Women give him positive grades, 45
 – 
34 percent, up from a negative 37
 – 
41 percent inan August 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Men approve55
 – 
30 percent, compared to 51
 – 
31 percent.Gov. Corbett wins 72
 – 
15 percent approval from Republicans and 52
 – 
32 percentapproval from independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 47
 – 
29 percent.Pennsylvania voters like Corbett as a person 53
 – 
12 percent, including 49
 – 
14 percentamong women and 58
 – 
10 percent among men. Even Democrats like him 39
 – 
19 percent with41 percent undecided.By a narrower 42
 – 
 
37 percent, voters like Corbett’s
policies.But they disapprove 45
 – 
40 percent of the way he is handling the state budget, withindependent voters disapproving 47
 – 
37 percent.
Gov. Tom Corbett
s batting average with women and Republicans has surged, gettinghim to the important 50 percent benchmark in approval rating
,” said Tim Malloy, assistant
 director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Compared to struggling first-term Republican Governors Rick Scott in Florida and JohnKasich in Ohio, two other swing states, Gov. Corbe
tt’s .500 average makes him an
all-starcandidate
.”
 
-more-
 
Tim Malloy, Assistant Director,Quinnipiac University Polling Institute(203) 645-8043Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public RelationsContact: Pat Smith (212) 843-8026
 
 
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Quinnipiac University Poll/September 29, 2011
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Pennsylvania voters say 62
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30 percent that the economic benefits of drilling for naturalgas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh environmental concerns. Even Democrats back drilling50
 – 
41 percent.Voters support 64
 – 
27 percent a new tax on gas drilling companies, with 51
 – 
37 percentsupport among Republicans.But voters give a mixed message on other ideas to raise revenue:
 
Supporting 62
 – 
31 percent privatizing liquor stores, with support among all groups;
 
Opposing 43
 – 
37 percent privatizing health care in state prisons, with Democrats andindependent voters opposed and Republicans in support;
 
Opposing 64
 – 
28 percent privatizing the operation of state parks.
“T
he governor
s support of drilling in the Marcellus Shale and of privatizing the state
sliquor stores are in step with voters
,” Malloy said
.
But voters want their park rangers to be state employees, rather than having the joboutsourced to private contractors, and they oppose by a small margin privatizing health care forstate prisoners.
 Pennsylvania voters approve 43
 – 
32 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is doing.Approval is 61
 – 
16 percent among Republicans and 41
 – 
34 percent among independent voters,while Democrats disapprove 43
 – 
31 percent. Men approve 48
 – 
30 percent while womenapprove by a narrow 38
 – 
34 percent.From September 21
 – 
26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,370 registered voters with amargin of 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.
For more data or RSS feed
 – 
 http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml,call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter. 
 
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10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?UnionTot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom HsHldsApprove 50% 72% 29% 52% 55% 45% 45%Disapprove 32 15 47 32 30 34 43DK/NA 18 13 24 15 15 22 12Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst CntrlApprove 47% 35% 48% 46% 58% 53% 57%Disapprove 37 45 30 28 32 30 28DK/NA 16 19 22 26 10 17 15TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job asGovernor?Sep 29 Aug 03 Jun 14 Apr 27 Feb 162011 2011 2011 2011 2011Approve 50 44 39 39 39Disapprove 32 36 38 37 11DK/NA 18 20 23 24 5011. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?UnionTot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom HsHldsApprove 31% 44% 24% 27% 34% 27% 31%Disapprove 54 39 63 57 53 54 59DK/NA 16 17 13 16 13 19 10Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst CntrlApprove 26% 26% 30% 35% 38% 19% 33%Disapprove 56 52 55 49 49 66 53DK/NA 18 22 16 16 13 15 14TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?(*Low also 25% Dec 2009)APPROVE.....High LowSep 29 Aug 03 Jun 14 Jul 13 May 13 Apr 10 May 132011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2003 2010*Approve 31 34 32 28 25 49 25Disapprove 54 50 50 57 59 24 59DK/NA 16 16 18 15 16 27 16

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