Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's ratings are the lowest of his tenure, and most voters oppose his plan to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Feb. 7.
About one in four (26 percent) registered voters believes Corbett, a Republican, is doing an "excellent" or "good" job, including 41 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats surveyed. Corbett's job-approval ratings are the lowest for a sitting governor in the 22-year history of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, according to the poll's Head Methodologist Berwood Yost.
The governor's proposal to have a British company manage the state lottery has weak support among Republicans (27 percent), independents (21 percent) and Democrats (11 percent) alike, with 64 percent of respondents opposing the change. Meanwhile, a majority (53 percent) of voters supports Corbett's proposal to sell state-owned liquor stores to private companies, a similar figure to surveys in 2010 (50 percent) and 2002 (55 percent).
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Interviews for the poll were conducted Jan. 29-Feb. 3 at the Center for Opinion Research at F&M and were overseen by Director G. Terry Madonna, Yost and Senior Project Manager Angela Knittle. The oldest statewide poll exclusively and directly produced in Pennsylvania, the Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with regional media partners.
The data represent responses of 622 registered voters in Pennsylvania, including 313 Democrats, 232 Republicans and 77 registered as Independent/Other. The sample error for the survey is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
For complete results, visit www.fandm.edu/fandmpoll.