-There's good news and bad news for Tom Corbett in our latest Pennsylvania poll. The bad news is that his approval numbers are still under water- 37% of voters approve of him to 43% who disapprove. The good news is that his numbers are on the rise. When we polled the state in July he was at 35/46 and in April he was at 34/44.
If voters could do the 2010 election for Governor over again their support would split evenly with 45% each for Corbett and Democratic opponent Dan Onorato. This represents improvement for Corbett as well. He trailed Onorato by 3-5 points in hypothetical rematches earlier in the year. But the numbers still show a decent amount of buyer's remorse among PA voters for having elected Corbett.
-Voters are pretty ambivalent when it comes to Pat Toomey's performance so far in the Senate: 35% approve, 33% disapprove, and 32% have no opinion.
-Pennsylvanians are pretty evenly divided on the Occupy Wall Street movement with 40% of voters saying they support its goals to 39% who oppose them. They fare a lot better than the Tea Party which is unpopular, with 37% of voters saying they support it to 43% expressing opposition. Asked which of the movements they have a higher opinion of, 41% pick Occupy Wall Street to 38% for the Tea Party.
-Pennsylvania mirrors most of the country when it comes to more rights for same sex couples: voters in the state are opposed to gay marriage, but supportive of civil unions. Only 36% think gay marriage should be legal to 52% who believe it should be illegal. But when you add civil unions into the mix 64% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 33% who think there shouldn't be any at all. Even 52% of Republicans support either gay marriage or civil unions.
-Democrats lost a lot of House seats in Pennsylvania last year but they're doing well on the generic House ballot there now, leading 47-42. Democrats have led most of our national House ballot polling this year, and they led in Ohio and Florida the last time we asked this question as well. Always hard to say exactly what that translates to in terms of seats gained and lost, but it probably means at least some pick ups for Democrats if the climate holds. It also really says something about Barack Obama's weakness in Pennsylvania that he can only attain a tie with Mitt Romney in the state even as his party has a 5 point generic House ballot lead.
-They've been out of office for nearly a year but Pennsylvanians still aren't warming back up to former Governor Ed Rendell or ex-Senator Arlen Specter. 38% have a favorable opinion of Rendell to 45% with a negative one. That's at least a lot better than Specter who's seen positively by just 30% of voters with 51% holding an unfavorable opinion. Rendell and Specter have comparably bad numbers among Republicans, but Rendell's seen much more charitably by Democrats.
Full results here