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QUINNYGOVPOLL0312

QUINNYGOVPOLL0312

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Quinnipiac University March 2012 Gubernatorial poll
Quinnipiac University March 2012 Gubernatorial poll

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FOR RELEASE: MARCH 15, 2012
PENNSYLVANIA
GOVERNOR’S APPROVAL
TANKS,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;VOTERS OPPOSE CUTS TO STATE SCHOOLS, ULTRASOUND BILL
Pennsylvania voters give Gov. Tom Corbett a 41
 – 
41 percent job approval rating, down from a47
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34 percent approval rating December 8, a drop driven mostly by Democrats and men morethan women, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This is Gov. Corbett’s worst approval rating since a 39 – 
38 percent score in a June 14,2011, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.Women give Corbett a split 38
 – 
39 percent approval rating, down from 44
 – 
36 percentDecember 8. Men approve 45
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42 percent, down from 51
 – 
32 percent. Democrats give thegovernor a negative 23
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65 percent score, compared to a negative 36
 – 
43 percent December 8.Pennsylvania voters disapprove 49
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36 percent of the way Corbett is handling the statebudget and disapprove 53
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7 percent of the way he is handling funding for the state’s public
universities. Men disapprove of his handling of university funding 49
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35 percent while womendisapprove 56
 – 
21 percent.Voters oppose 65
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28 percent cutting funding for public universities, with 72
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20percent disapproval among women and 58
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36 percent disapproval from men.
“After a honeymoon as one of the country’s more popular new Republican governors,
Tom Corbett takes a big hit in his job approval
,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the
Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
A call for cuts in state funding to its universities may have hit a nerve with parentsfearful tuitions could rise
.”
 Pennsylvania voters are divided 45
 – 
47 percent
whether they agree with Corbett’s claim
that universities can manage the cuts by reducing operating costs rather than raising tuition.
-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/March 15, 2012
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A total of 80 percent of voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that
tuition increases in public universities would make them unaffordable to some students.Among Pennsylvania voters, 21 percent say someone in their family currently attends apublic university in the state and 54 percent say someone in their family has graduated from oneof these schools.
Ultrasound/Abortion Legislation
There is a reverse gender gap as voters oppose 48
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42 percent legislation that wouldrequire a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before theprocedure. Men oppose the measure 51
 – 
39 percent, while women are divided 45
 – 
45 percent.Voters with a college degree are opposed 57
 – 
35 percent while voters without a degree aredivided 45
 – 
44 percent.Voters oppose trans-vaginal ultrasounds 64
 – 
23 percent, with men opposed 67
 – 
18percent and women opposed 61
 – 
28 percent.A total of 54 percent of voters say abortion should be legal in all or most cases while 37percent say it should be illegal in all or most cases.
“A plurality of Pennsylvania voters oppose requiri
ng pregnant women seeking abortionsto get ultrasounds 24 hours before an abortion, with men opposing the measure in greaternumbers
,” Malloy said.
 
“Voters,
men and women, are strongly opposed
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almost 3-1
 – 
to requiring women toundergo trans-vaginal ultrasounds.
From March 7
 – 
12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,256 registered voters with amargin of error of +/- 2.8 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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14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men WomApprove 41% 61% 23% 46% 45% 38%Disapprove 41 18 65 36 42 39DK/NA 18 21 12 18 13 23COLLEGE DEG ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME... AGE IN YRS.......Yes No <30K 30-50 50-100 >100K 18-49 50-64 65+Approve 40% 42% 37% 40% 45% 46% 39% 40% 47%Disapprove 49 37 44 41 43 37 39 47 37DK/NA 11 21 18 19 12 18 22 13 16TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job asGovernor? (*Low also 39% Apr 2011, Feb 2011)APPROVE.......High LowMar 15 Dec 08 Nov 10 Sep 29 Aug 03 Sep 29 Jun 142012 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011*Approve 41 47 46 50 44 50 39Disapprove 41 34 31 32 36 32 38DK/NA 18 19 23 18 20 18 2315. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men WomApprove 29% 41% 22% 24% 30% 28%Disapprove 54 41 63 60 57 52DK/NA 17 18 15 16 13 20COLLEGE DEG ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME... AGE IN YRS.......Yes No <30K 30-50 50-100 >100K 18-49 50-64 65+Approve 29% 28% 25% 26% 33% 34% 30% 26% 30%Disapprove 56 54 59 55 53 54 53 62 50DK/NA 15 18 16 19 14 13 17 12 20TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?(*Low also 25% Dec 2009)APPROVE.......High LowMar 15 Sep 29 Aug 03 Jun 14 Jul 13 Apr 10 May 132012 2011 2011 2011 2010 2003 2010*Approve 29 31 34 32 28 49 25Disapprove 54 54 50 50 57 24 59DK/NA 17 16 16 18 15 27 16

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