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Tim Malloy, Assistant Director, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute (203) 645-8043 Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

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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 – 32 percent approval rating from voters, his best score so far, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Women give him positive grades, 45 – 34 percent, up from a negative 37 – 41 percent in an August 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Men approve 55 – 30 percent, compared to 51 – 31 percent. Gov. Corbett wins 72 – 15 percent approval from Republicans and 52 – 32 percent approval from independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 47 – 29 percent. Pennsylvania voters like Corbett as a person 53 – 12 percent, including 49 – 14 percent among women and 58 – 10 percent among men. Even Democrats like him 39 – 19 percent with 41 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, with independent voters disapproving 47 – 37 percent. “Gov. Tom Corbett’s batting average with women and Republicans has surged, getting him 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 John Kasich in Ohio, two other swing states, Gov. Corbett’s .500 average makes him an all-star candidate.” -more-

Quinnipiac University Poll/September 29, 2011 – page 2 Pennsylvania voters say 62 – 30 percent that the economic benefits of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh environmental concerns. Even Democrats back drilling 50 – 41 percent. Voters support 64 – 27 percent a new tax on gas drilling companies, with 51 – 37 percent support 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 and independent voters opposed and Republicans in support; Opposing 64 – 28 percent privatizing the operation of state parks. “The governor’s support of drilling in the Marcellus Shale and of privatizing the state’s liquor stores are in step with voters,” Malloy said. “But voters want their park rangers to be state employees, rather than having the job outsourced to private contractors, and they oppose by a small margin privatizing health care for state 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 women approve by a narrow 38 – 34 percent. From September 21 – 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,370 registered voters with a margin 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 public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and 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? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 50% 32 18 Rep 72% 15 13 Dem 29% 47 24 Ind 52% 32 15 Men 55% 30 15 Wom 45% 34 22 Union HsHlds 45% 43 12

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Approve Disapprove DK/NA 47% 37 16 35% 45 19 48% 30 22 46% 28 26 58% 32 10 53% 30 17 57% 28 15

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling his job as Governor? Sep 29 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 50 32 18 Aug 03 2011 44 36 20 Jun 14 2011 39 38 23 Apr 27 2011 39 37 24 Feb 16 2011 39 11 50

11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 31% 54 16 Rep 44% 39 17 Dem 24% 63 13 Ind 27% 57 16 Men 34% 53 13 Wom 27% 54 19 Union HsHlds 31% 59 10

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Approve Disapprove DK/NA 26% 56 18 26% 52 22 30% 55 16 35% 49 16 38% 49 13 19% 66 15 33% 53 14

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? (*Low also 25% Dec 2009) APPROVE..... High Low Apr 10 May 13 2003 2010* 49 24 27 25 59 16

Sep 29 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 31 54 16

Aug 03 2011 34 50 16

Jun 14 2011 32 50 18

Jul 13 2010 28 57 15

May 13 2010 25 59 16

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13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Pat Toomey is handling his job as United States Senator? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 43% 32 26 Rep 61% 16 23 Dem 31% 43 26 Ind 41% 34 24 Men 48% 30 22 Wom 38% 34 28 Union HsHlds 39% 41 20

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Approve Disapprove DK/NA 42% 30 28 36% 31 33 44% 29 27 42% 40 18 34% 30 36 43% 31 26 48% 28 24

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Pat Toomey is handling his job as United States Senator? Sep 29 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 43 32 26 Aug 02 2011 44 31 25 Jun 15 2011 45 28 27 Apr 28 2011 43 25 31 Feb 17 2011 41 21 39

18. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvania today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? Tot Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 2% 41 37 19 1 Rep 3% 52 29 15 2 Dem 2% 32 41 23 1 Ind 2% 42 40 16 1 Men 3% 44 33 19 1 Wom 1% 39 40 19 2 Union HsHlds 2% 39 37 22 -

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA -% 40 43 14 3 1% 38 40 20 2 2% 44 29 22 3 4% 43 37 16 2% 42 39 16 2% 31 34 33 1 1% 43 37 17 1

TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvania today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? VERY+SMWHT SAT High Low Jun 05 Dec 15 2002 2010 8 60 22 8 3 2 35 37 25 1

Sep 29 2011 Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 2 41 37 19 1

Aug 03 2011 3 38 36 22 1

Jun 14 2011 2 37 38 22 1

Apr 27 2011 2 37 33 26 1

Feb 16 2011 4 43 36 15 2

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22. Regardless of how you feel about Tom Corbett's policies, would you say you like or don't like Tom Corbett as a person? Tot Like Don't Like DK/NA 53% 12 35 Rep 68% 5 27 Dem 39% 19 41 Ind 55% 11 34 Men 58% 10 33 Wom 49% 14 37 Union HsHlds 49% 17 34

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Like Don't Like DK/NA 55% 15 30 45% 13 43 51% 10 39 46% 13 41 53% 10 37 60% 14 26 60% 11 28

TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Tom Corbett's policies, would you say you like or don't like Tom Corbett as a person? Sep 29 2011 Like Don't Like DK/NA 53 12 35 Aug 03 2011 48 15 37 Jun 14 2011 51 14 35

23. And regardless of how you feel about Tom Corbett as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Tom Corbett's policies? Tot Like Don't Like DK/NA 42% 37 20 Rep 66% 16 18 Dem 22% 54 23 Ind 42% 40 18 Men 51% 34 15 Wom 34% 41 25 Union HsHlds 39% 46 14

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Like Don't Like DK/NA 42% 40 19 27% 47 27 36% 43 21 41% 35 24 44% 32 24 45% 46 10 52% 31 17

TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Tom Corbett as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Tom Corbett's policies? Sep 29 2011 Like Don't Like DK/NA 42 37 20 Aug 03 2011 40 43 17 Jun 14 2011 38 43 19

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24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 40% 45 16 Rep 61% 24 15 Dem 25% 60 16 Ind 37% 47 16 Men 46% 41 13 Wom 34% 48 17 Union HsHlds 37% 51 11

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Approve Disapprove DK/NA 40% 46 14 25% 57 18 35% 47 18 43% 39 18 31% 53 16 44% 51 5 47% 38 15

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom Corbett is handling the state budget? Sep 29 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 40 45 16 Aug 03 2011 41 45 14 Jun 14 2011 33 52 15 Apr 27 2011 35 52 13

25. Do you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale? Tot Support Oppose DK/NA 64% 27 9 Rep 51% 37 12 Dem 75% 17 8 Ind 67% 25 9 Men 64% 29 7 Wom 64% 24 11 Union HsHlds 73% 21 7

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Support Oppose DK/NA 71% 23 6 65% 20 15 67% 21 11 59% 33 8 58% 33 9 67% 29 4 64% 26 10

TREND: Do you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale? Sep 29 2011 Support Oppose DK/NA 64 27 9 Aug 03 2011 63 28 8

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26. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view? Tot Drilling No drilling DK/NA 62% 30 8 Rep 80% 15 5 Dem 50% 41 8 Ind 61% 31 7 Men 70% 25 6 Wom 55% 36 9 Union HsHlds 59% 36 5

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Drilling No drilling DK/NA 64% 27 9 47% 45 8 56% 36 8 65% 28 7 64% 30 6 67% 26 7 66% 27 7

TREND: Some people say, there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say, there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view? Sep 29 2011 Drilling No drilling DK/NA 62 30 8 Aug 03 2011 59 32 8 Jun 14 2011 63 30 7

27. Do you support or oppose privatizing - The state liquor stores? Tot Support Oppose DK/NA 62% 31 7 Rep 72% 22 6 Dem 52% 38 9 Ind 64% 29 7 Men 67% 29 4 Wom 58% 32 10 Union HsHlds 58% 38 5

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Support Oppose DK/NA 67% 27 6 57% 38 5 50% 37 13 69% 22 9 59% 37 4 63% 32 5 63% 30 7

28. Do you support or oppose privatizing - Health care in the state's prisons? Tot Support Oppose DK/NA 37% 43 20 Rep 47% 32 22 Dem 30% 54 17 Ind 37% 42 20 Men 40% 41 19 Wom 33% 45 21 Union HsHlds 32% 46 22

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Support Oppose DK/NA 33% 47 19 34% 54 12 28% 46 26 39% 39 21 50% 32 18 34% 50 17 39% 40 21

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29. Do you support or oppose privatizing - The operation of state parks? Tot Support Oppose DK/NA 28% 64 9 Rep 36% 57 7 Dem 18% 72 11 Ind 32% 60 8 Men 29% 65 6 Wom 27% 63 11 Union HsHlds 23% 69 8

Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Support Oppose DK/NA 30% 66 4 31% 55 13 21% 68 11 23% 68 10 31% 65 4 35% 58 7 28% 63 9

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