New poll has Corbett down, but ‘imagine what a real poll would show’
It was reported earlier today that Tom Corbett’s approval rating sucks. Susquehanna Polling and Research has found that the Pennsylvania governor’s poll numbers have him at 33 percent approve and 58 percent disapprove. That information, released to PoliticsPA, is a 12-point drop from their February poll, in which the governor’s numbers were 39 percent approve, 52 percent disapprove.
We know what you’re thinking: What’s the big deal? Polls have shown Corbett’s numbers in the negative for over a year now. The dude is universally disliked.
That’s true, young know-it-all! But this is Susquehanna Research and Polling we’re talking about; the same polling firm often hired by Republican candidates to conduct “internal” polls and who released some of the most damning numbers toward the end of the 2012 elections we’ve ever seen (they had Romney winning, natch.)
The state Democratic Party has pounced on the poll, noting both the extremely poor numbers for the governor and the fact that Susquehanna were the ones to release it.
“This is the same pollster who had Romney up by 4 in late October 2012. Can you imagine how bad the real Corbett numbers are?” PA Dems spokesperson Marc Eisenstein writes in a mass email to reporters.
We tend to agree. This is pretty bad. As some media have written over the past week, the only thing that can make next year’s race interesting is if the Democratic party shoots itself in the foot by destroying and smearing itself in the primary.
What makes things worse for Corbett is the undecided voters in the poll. According to the latest numbers (and math), nine percent of voters either have no opinion or are undecided. When those voters come out, they usually vote for the opposition. So if the “skewed” election were held today, according to these numbers, Corbett may actually lose over 60 percent of the vote.