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In Aftermath of Sandy, Higher Approval Ratings For Obama and Corbett

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Superstorm “Sandy” has delivered a bump in approval for both Gov. Tom Corbett and President Obama, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll of Pennsylvania voters.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, says that after Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Corbett has a 40-percent job approval rating, his best number since March.

“The governor got a pretty good bump out of it, as did the president of the United States,” Malloy tells KYW Newsradio.  “People lose power, the governor steps in (and) opens the PEMA command post, and looked gubernatorial -– as the president looked presidential -– and he got a bump.”

President Obama’s approval rating jumped even higher among Pennsylvania residents, to 52 percent.

Meanwhile, 63 percent of Pennsylvania voters say they are “somewhat” or “very” concerned about global warming, although 51 percent say they do not believe Sandy is linked to climate change.