Pennsylvania voters give Gov. Corbett a negative 36 - 53 percent approval rating, his worst net score ever, and say 56 - 36 percent that he does not deserve reelection, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
This compares to Gov. Corbett's negative 35 - 48 percent approval in a June 7 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University, when voters said 52 - 32 percent he does not deserve reelection.
Corbett gets negative grades of 31 - 58 percent from women, 42 - 47 percent from men, 16 - 75 percent from Democrats and 35 - 53 percent from independent voters. Republicans approve 61 - 27 percent.
As the 2014 election year begins, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz leads Corbett 45 - 37 percent. Matchups with other possible Democratic challengers show:
— State Treasurer Rob McCord with 42 percent to Corbett's 39 percent;
— Corbett over former State Public Utility Commissioner John Hanger 42 - 37 percent;
— Former presidential advisor Katie McGinty over Corbett 44 - 37 percent;
— Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski with 41 percent to Corbett's 39 percent;
— Former State Auditor General Jack Wagner over Corbett 48 - 36 percent;
— Former State Department of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf over Corbett 44 - 37 percent.
"Pennsylvania voters deliver a big bag of coal to Gov. Tom Corbett and directions to the State House exit as he heads into the holidays with the worst net approval rating he has ever had," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"The governor has 11 months to turn things around, or to hope that the Democrats rip each other apart as they battle for the chance to take on what looks like an easy target."
Pennsylvania voters say 52 - 40 percent that Gov. Corbett should not run for reelection and give him negative grades on his handling of a number of issues:
— 28 - 62 percent for handling taxes;
— 33 - 51 percent for handling health care;
— 33 - 57 percent for handling the economy;
— 28 - 62 percent for handling education;
— 26 - 64 percent for handling government spending;
— 29 - 50 percent for handling the Penn State situation;
— 27 - 42 percent for handling issues of special concern to women; and
— 34 - 47 percent for handling transportation.
Voters are divided on whether the governor is honest and trustworthy, as 43 percent say yes and 46 percent say no. They also are divided on whether he is a strong leader, with 48 percent yes and 45 percent no. And he doesn't care about their needs and problems, voters say 57 - 35 percent.
"If it were a Penn State game, it would be a blowout," Malloy said. "Some 56 percent of Pennsylvania voters say Gov. Corbett does not deserve a second chance and 52 percent say he shouldn't even come out of the locker room for the second half."
The current legal gambling in Pennsylvania is a "good thing," voters say 55 - 37 percent. But voters oppose 57 - 39 percent having casino gambling in the town or city where they live. Voters also oppose 62 - 33 percent legalized online gambling in the state.
Increasing the number of casinos and legalizing online gambling would lead to increased gambling addiction in Pennsylvania, voters say 70 - 26 percent.
But voters agree 71 - 26 percent with the argument that it's better for people who like to gamble to keep their money in Pennsylvania rather than gamble in another state.
"Pennsylvania voters are OK with keeping the roulette wheels turning, but think internet gambling is a bad idea and gambling is a pathway to addiction," Malloy said.A complete copy of the poll results is available online.