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New Polls Show Tough Times Ahead For Governor Corbett

(Gov. Tom Corbett, in 2011 file photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

(Gov. Tom Corbett, in 2011 file photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

(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) - It’s been a week of bad polling news for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

First, there was the Democratic “Public Policy Polling” survey that shows Tom Corbett trailing, by significant margins, five potential Democratic candidates for governor. Then, a day later, a Quinnipiac University Poll was released showing results that are a little better for Corbett, but not much.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, says the incumbent Republican is in mostly tight match-ups with several potential Democratic challengers while trailing former Congressman Joe Sestak by nine points.

“This is not a doomsday scenario for the governor. There’s such a long time before election day. But clearly it sends a signal that he’s got a problem.”

The Quinnipiac Poll shows Pennsylvanians are divided, 46 to 43-percent, as to whether it’s a good idea to expand Medicaid eligibility, something the governor has so far declined to support.

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