-PPP's newest poll of Pennsylvania finds there's still a fair amount of support for Joe Paterno in the state, although his image has taken somewhat of a hit. 45% of voters in the state see him favorably to 37% with a negative opinion. That represents a net 15 point decline from a November survey when he was at +23 (51/28). By a 48/35 margin respondents expressed opposition to removing his statue from the Penn State campus, something that ended up happening in the middle of the poll's Saturday-Monday field period.
50% of voters in the state now express a favorable opinion of the university as a whole to 31% who see it negatively. That's down from 61/25 the last time we asked about it. Finally, 94% of Pennsylvanians have a negative view of Jerry Sandusky to 2% with a positive one. Those represent the worst poll numbers we've ever found for any public figure.
-Bob Casey remains favored in the Pennsylvania Senate race, but it's tightened over the couple months since PPP last polled it. He's up 46-36 on Republican challenger Tom Smith, compared to 49-33 on our May poll. Casey continues to have pretty so so approval numbers with an equal 36% giving him good marks and disapproving of him. That's largely due to a lack of enthusiasm for him among Democrats but most of his party is committed to voting for him in the fall whether it loves him or not and when you combine that with a 42/32 advantage among independents and a decent 14% crossover support from Republicans it gives him his 10 point lead.
It appears likely Smith will at least improve on Rick Santorum's performance against Casey in 2006, which probably says more about Santorum than anything else.
-While many of the class of 2010 Republican Governors have seen their numbers improve considerably in our recent polling- Michigan's Rick Snyder, Ohio's John Kasich, and of course Wisconsin's Scott Walker come to mind- there's been no such movement for Tom Corbett as he approaches the midpoint of his first term. Only 32% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 49% who disapprove. Even with Republicans he's at 47/28. He trails a generic Democratic opponent for reelection by a 45/39 margin. Obviously a long way to go for him and some of his counterparts have shown that you can come back from these numbers but for now he's in a pretty weak position.
-And finally we found 58/37 support for Pennsylvania's voter ID law. Republicans are pretty much unanimous in their support, independents favor it 55/41, and it even meets with favor from 35% of Democrats.
Full results here