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article imagePoll: Tom Wolf devours Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett by 24 points

By John Presta     Sep 11, 2014 in Politics
Harrisburg - The race for Governor of Pennsylvania is turning into a route, as Democratic challenger Tom Wolf is devouring his Republican opponent, the incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University. Wolf leads Corbett by 24 points.
The poll clearly shows this race is less about the strength of the Democratic party in Pennsylvania, and more about the utter unpopularity of Gov. Corbett, even among members of his own party. Peeling back the layers of why this incumbent is so unpopular is easy to assess.
Wolf leads Corbett 91 – 7 percent among Democrats and has a 53 – 39 percent among independent voters. Disappointing for Gov. Corbett is a lackluster 66 – 28 percent lead among Republicans.
Pennsylvania likely voters give Wolf a 50 – 22 percent favorability rating, with 26 percent who haven’t heard enough about him to form an opinion. Corbett gets a negative 33 – 55 percent favorability rating.
This is not news for Gov. Corbett, as he is struggling to regain lost ground. In late August, the Digital Journal reported Corbett became the ninth GOP governor to sign onto the Medicaid cash expansion, after having fought it for the past several years. The poll did not specifically address whether this is an issue with voters. However, it showed an indecisiveness and that Gov. Corbett is viewed as someone that "does not" care about their problems, by a margin of56 – 35 percent.
Making the news worse for Gov. Corbett is that 84 percent of voters have made up their minds, while 15 percent say they "might" change their minds. Corbett has become the "issue" in the campaign, with 51 percent of Wolf backers say their vote is mainly against the incumbent while 39 percent say they are voting mainly for the Democrat. Among Corbett backers, 62 percent say their vote is mainly pro-Corbett, while 30 percent say they are mainly anti-Wolf.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, asked “What’s Tom Corbett's biggest problem?" and quickly answered, "Tom Corbett.”
“A stunningly bad showing for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett who is clobbered across the board on issues, leadership and other character traits by a candidate who was unknown to most voters earlier this year,” said Malloy.
“Handling the important issues, honesty, caring, leadership, the Democrat leads on every measure. The Wolf is at the door, and Gov. Corbett is running out of time,” Malloy said.
From September 3 – 8, the Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,161 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
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