HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – On his one-hundredth day in office, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows a mixed bag of results for Pennsylvania’s new governor.
Only 39 percent of Pennsylvania voters approve of the job that Governor Tom Corbett is doing, while his disapproval rating of 37 percent has more than tripled since the school’s last poll.
But Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, says Corbett is doing better than some other Republican governors with budget deficits, and is actually doing better than New Jersey governor Chris Christie was doing shortly after he took office.
“Christie’s numbers… his negatives were over 50 percent. Corbett’s aren’t — they’re in the high 30s,” he notes.
And Brown adds that Christie has rebounded significantly since then.
In what Brown says is a classic voter paradox, Pennsylvanians support spending cuts over tax increases, but that support withers when voters are confronted with specific cuts.
According to the poll results, 55 percent want to balance the budget with spending cuts only, but 50 percent don’t like the cuts proposed by Corbett.
Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo