The Penn State sex abuse scandal hasn’t affected Gov. Tom Corbett’s standing with voters, a new survey shows.
Corbett’s approval rating is largely unchanged, with 47 percent of Pennsylvanians approving of his job performance, while 34 percent disapprove, according to the Quinnipiac poll on Friday. This is compared to a 46 percent to 31 percent approval rating in November.
“The Penn State scandal is the biggest story in the Keystone State, but it apparently has not affected how voters view their first-year governor,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Corbett, a Republican, gets rave reviews from members of his own party – GOP voters approved of his job performance 65 percent to 20 percent, while independents gave him an approval rating of 45 percent to 35 percent. Democrats disapproved of his job performance, 43 percent to 36 percent.
While Corbett’s approval rating has remained steady, voters are split over his conduct after the allegations against Jerry Sandusky emerged - 38 percent approve and 36 percent disapprove of the way that the governor has acted in the wake of a scandal that has engulfed the state university.
The governor was the attorney general of Pennsylvania at the time when the investigation into Sandusky’s alleged crimes first began. When the scandal broke, Corbett encouraged the legislature to consider legislation that would address flaws in child sex abuse law.
Voters also say, 48 percent to 42 percent, that they don’t want the government to financially compensate the alleged victims of sexual abuse, even if Sandusky is found guilty.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Nov. 28 – Dec. 5, with a sample of 1,453 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
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