Pennsylvania governor badly trails Democratic challenger in poll

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Supporters greet Democratic victor for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf at his primary election night party in Santander Stadium in York, Pennsylvania, May 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Mark Makela

Supporters greet Democratic victor for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf at his primary election night party in Santander Stadium in York, Pennsylvania, May 20, 2014.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors in the country, trails Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by 20 percentage points five months ahead of November's election, a poll released on Wednesday showed.

Wolf, a businessman who poured his personal fortune into the four-way race for the Democratic nomination in May, leads Corbett 53 to 33 percent in the governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

"There's no good news anywhere for Gov. Corbett," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, said in a statement. "Gov. Tom Corbett looks like easy prey for Democratic challenger Tom Wolf."

Corbett has struggled with poor approval ratings for much of his first term as governor. The poll of 1,308 registered voters found that 55 percent disapprove of Corbett's performance while just a third of voters said he deserves to be re-elected.

Most poll respondents said the economy is in poor shape, and that Wolf would do a better job on education, the economy, jobs, energy, the environment and healthcare.

Wolf, a former Peace Corp volunteer who ran his family's cabinet-making business in the central Pennsylvania city of York, says he plans to restore funding the governor cut from education and favors a tax on natural gas drilling that Corbett has steadfastly opposed.

Just under half of poll respondents said they view Wolf favorably, while 14 percent do not and 38 percent say they do not know enough about him to form an opinion.

The poll was conducted from May 29 to June 2 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

(Editing by Will Dunham)

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Comments (4)
lysergic wrote:
One by one these dishonest republican governors will be driven from office except in the confederacy where ignorance is viewed as a virtue and fox news is seen as credible

Jun 04, 2014 6:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rlm328 wrote:
To lysergic:

When you say except in the confederacy do Maine,Ohio,Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Nebraska with republican govenors to name a few?

You sir are a bigot.

Jun 04, 2014 7:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:
rlm328, seem lysergic holds the same virtues he/she accuses others of having. But baseless accusations and bigotry from the left should not surprise anyone, as that is what teh left is really all about.

Jun 04, 2014 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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