Governor Badly Trails Democratic Challenger In Poll
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[June 04, 2014]
By Edith Honan
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania
Republican Tom Corbett, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent
governors in the country, trails Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by 20
percentage points five months ahead of November's election, a poll
released on Wednesday showed.
Wolf, a businessman who poured his personal fortune into the
four-way race for the Democratic nomination in May, leads Corbett 53
to 33 percent in the governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac
"There's no good news anywhere for Gov. Corbett," Tim Malloy,
assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, said in a statement.
"Gov. Tom Corbett looks like easy prey for Democratic challenger Tom
Corbett has struggled with poor approval ratings for much of his
first term as governor. The poll of 1,308 registered voters found
that 55 percent disapprove of Corbett's performance while just a
third of voters said he deserves to be re-elected.
Most poll respondents said the economy is in poor shape, and that
Wolf would do a better job on education, the economy, jobs, energy,
the environment and healthcare.
Wolf, a former Peace Corp volunteer who ran his family's
cabinet-making business in the central Pennsylvania city of York,
says he plans to restore funding the governor cut from education and
favors a tax on natural gas drilling that Corbett has steadfastly
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Just under half of poll respondents said they view Wolf favorably,
while 14 percent do not and 38 percent say they do not know enough
about him to form an opinion.
The poll was conducted from May 29 to June 2 and had a margin of
error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
(Editing by Will Dunham)
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