'Sandy Bump' put Corbett Back on top in new Poll

Gov. Tom Corbett saw a boost in his approval ratings after Hurricane Sandy.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG—A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Gov. Tom Corbett with a positive approval rating for the first time since March.

Corbett’s approval rating in the poll is 40 percent among registered voters, with 38 percent of those voters disapproving.

The governor has struggled with low approval ratings for most of the year, but pollster Tim Malloy said he won points with both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of Hurricane Sandy, which struck Pennsylvania in late October, causing flooding and widespread power outages that left 1.3 million Pennsylvania homes without electricity.

“We would call this a Sandy bump,” Malloy said. “People like the way he handled everything recently during the hurricane.”

Corbett experienced a similar uptick in the polls following a pair of storms last August that unleashed floods across the northeastern and central parts of Pennsylvania.

Despite being in office for nearly two years—and holding statewide office for more eight years—Corbett still has a significant slice of the Pennsylvania electorate, 23 percent, undecided about him.

As he moves towards re-election, that means Corbett’s numbers have room to move.

“I think if you sat down with the governor right now and said ‘would you take these numbers six months from now’ he’d say ‘great,’” Malloy said.

Throughout the year, Corbett’s refrain has been that he is not going to govern based on poll numbers and approval ratings.

Voters in the survey gave the state legislature a 36 percent approval rating, up from 27 percent in June.

The poll surveyed 1,489 registered voters in Pennsylvania with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

Listen to a brief interview with Malloy here.

William F. Brenner November 18, 2012 at 02:49 PM
So "40% approve, 38% disapprove" is enough to "put Corbett back on top?" Can you imagine how he would feel if an actual MAJORITY (i.e., 51% or more) approved of his performance?
P2YA November 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM
What did he do besides muddle through some fairly mediocre TV appearances? He's no Chris Christie that's for sure. Plus, any "improvement" will dissipate in the next round of hatchet chopping to education, health and human services during the next budget. The man is out of his depth and should not be reelected.
Lou November 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I never saw him during the storm. I saw the Governor of New Jersey. I saw the Gov. of NY. I saw the Mayor of NY and the Mayor of Philadelphia. But I never saw my own Governor giving me information or visiting flooded areas or visiting with families who had no power for days and days. Did he even do any of that?
BHumm November 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
He came way short after the storm ! for those of us without power I did not want to hear his #1 priority is to get power to the polls.As my family has no heat or lights and food goes bad in the freezeer his concern was the polls


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