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Corbett Approval Rating Inches Upward In Latest Poll

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(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett.  File photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. File photo by Mario Tama/ 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) — A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Governor Tom Corbett’s approval rating is up slightly from previous F&M polls.

But Franklin & Marshall Poll director Terry Madonna notes that at just 23 percent, the number of folks who think Corbett is doing a “good” or “excellent” job is still quite low.

“There’s no doubt about it — lower than (former governors) Ridge and Rendell were at comparable times,” Madonna tells KYW Newsradio, “but for the first time in the last two polls he’s on the upswing instead of the downswing.”

President Obama, meanwhile, is heading in the opposite direction, with 30 percent of Pennsylvania voters saying he’s doing a “good” or “excellent” job.  That’s a drop of nine points since October’s F&M poll.

On various issues…

  • 56 percent favor same-sex marriage and 39 percent oppose
  • 72 percent favor a state gay anti-discrimination law.
  • 81 percent favor medical marijuana for adults, but only
  • 36 percent favor legalizing pot for recreational use.

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