Pennsylvania voters support Tom Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA...but it's still not doing much to improve his overall political fortunes.
52% of voters support Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA over its sanctions against Penn State, while 34% are opposed to it. That's a reflection of the fact that 62% of Pennsylvanians think the sanctions against the school were too strict, compared to only 27% who think they were 'about right' and 8% who think they were too lenient. 49% of voters in the state consider themselves to be fans of the Nittany Lions, and among those folks there's 63/23 support for the lawsuit. The 51% of voters who don't identify as Penn State fans are opposed to the suit by a 45/41 spread.
Despite the support for Corbett on the lawsuit, voters are still unhappy with his overall handling of the Penn State situation over the last few years. Only 27% approve of the way he's dealt with it to 50% who disapprove. That's contributing to overall approval numbers that continue to be very poor- only 38% of voters are happy with the job he's doing to 52% who disapprove. That -14 net approval ties him for the 4th most unpopular sitting Governor PPP has polled on.
We tested Corbett against 8 potential opponents for reelection in 2014, and he polls at only 40-42% against every one of them. The only one he actually trails in a head to head is his predecessor, Ed Rendell, who would start out with a 46/40 advantage were he to attempt the comeback. Corbett would be tied with Attorney General Kathleen Kane at 42%.
Corbett clearly knew what he was doing politically with the Penn State lawsuit. But he continues to be one of the most vulnerable Governors in the country headed into 2014.
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