Big storm gives Gov. Corbett lift in approval ratings
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's job approval rating rose as voters gave him credit for his handling of superstorm Sandy, a poll shows.
A poll Quinnipiac University released on Thursday found Corbett's job approval rating at 40 percent, with 38 percent disapproving, said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the university's polling institute. That left 22 percent of voters undecided or unwilling to answer.
It's Corbett's highest rating since March, when his job approval was at 41 percent, the poll showed.
Benefiting from positive views of his performance during the storm, which caused relatively minor damage in Pennsylvania compared with New Jersey and New York City, Corbett moved from negative ratings to a break-even standing with voters, Malloy said. His numbers were roughly within the poll's 2.5 percentage-point margin of error. The poll surveyed more than 1,400 Pennsylvania voters from Nov. 9 to 13.
Corbett talked numerous times with reporters at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Headquarters during three days of storm responses. He later toured Southeastern Pennsylvania, which was hardest-hit and where hundreds of thousands of residents were without power.
Sixty-one percent of voters gave him a positive nod for storm management, compared with 74 percent who thought President Obama's handling of the hurricane was “excellent” or “good.”
Overall, Corbett's approval/disapproval is 42-38 percent among men. Women split 37-37 percent, according to the poll. Republicans approve 61-16 percent, and independent voters split 37-37 percent. Democrats disapprove of Corbett's performance 54-26 percent.
Brad Bumsted is state Capitol reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 717-787-1405 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ligonier Township police officer killed in wrong-way crash; K-9 injured
- Outdoors notebook: Role of mosquitoes in grouse decline probed
- Starkey: Pirates’ trade of Snider still reeks
- Penguins seek minority-owned firm to build Hill District residences
- Campbell Road in West Deer to close through June
- Teen killed when car strikes Monongahela building
- Garbee helps Quaker Valley baseball clinch section title
- Johnson’s return lifts Sewickley Academy baseball to share of section title
- Rostraver man arraigned on murder charge
- Dispute over iconic McKeesport lounge headed back to court
- 7 arrested in Greensburg street argument