Pennsylvania Democrats are well-positioned to oust Republican Gov. Tom Corbett next year, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows the governor's approval rating hitting an all-time low.
Forty-eight percent of Keystone State voters said they disapprove of the way Corbett is handling his job, while only 35 percent said they approve. Asked if Corbett deserves to be reelected, 52 percent of voters, including 25 percent of Republicans, said he doesn't deserve a second term, while only 32 percent said he should be reelected.
Both Democrats tested against the governor hold significant leads. Rep. Allyson Schwartz leads Corbett, 45 percent to 35 percent, while Treasurer Rob McCord outpaces the governor, 43 percent to 35 percent.
The poll shows Schwartz with a wide lead in the Democratic primary, although 63 percent of Democrats are undecided. Schwartz leads the 8-candidate field with 18 percent, followed by former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty, at 5 percent. Despite having two statewide wins under his belt, the second coming just last year, McCord receives just 4 percent in the primary match-up. The state treasurer hasn't announced he's running for governor, but he's expected to join Schwartz in the race.
Schwartz and McCord both remain mostly unknown to Pennsylvania voters. When asked their opinions of the two, a majority of voters said they didn't know enough about either Democrat.
The Quinnipiac University poll, conducted May 30 through June 4, surveyed 1,032 registered voters for a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percentage points. The subsample of 460 Democrats has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.6 percentage points.
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