Raleigh, N.C. – Tom Corbett is in bigger trouble than ever, trailing all the Democrats PPP tested against him—when he led them all just two months ago. The first-term Pennsylvania governor is down 11 points (34-45) against U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, and by an identical margin against former Rep. Joe Sestak and state Treasurer Rob McCord. Corbett also lags behind businessman Tom Wolf by nine (33-42), and John Hanger by seven (34-41). When PPP last polled the state in January, Corbett led Hanger by four points, Sestak and McCord by six, Schwartz by seven, and Wolf by 12.
Corbett’s deficits are even more remarkable when one considers that these prospective opponents are unknown to the vast majority of voters. When asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of them, only 52% can say how they feel about Sestak, 38% about Schwartz, 31% about Hanger, 30% about McCord, and 22% about Wolf. To boot, the large group of undecided voters in these match-ups is strongly Democratic, and they disapprove of Corbett even more than the overall electorate does, so this could actually represent closer to the governor’s ceiling than his floor.