By a 62 - 27 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters are optimistic about the next four years under Gov. Tom Wolf after 1 week in office, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday.
Back in February 2011, voters also gave former Gov. Tom Corbett good marks: 65 percent were optimistic while 23 percent were pessimistic about four years of Corbett.
A total of 54 percent of voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in Pennsylvania, and 46 percent say the state economy is "excellent" or "good."
They are better off than they were a year ago, 43 percent of voters say while 30 percent say they are worse off and 26 percent say they are the same.
"The political air is full of optimism in Pennsylvania: new Gov. Tom Wolf seems to have the confidence of the electorate and folks think the state of the state is on the upswing," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey seem caught in the negative feelings about Washington, with just so-so approval ratings. But early in the game, Sen. Toomey tops former rival Joe Sestak by 10 percentage points."
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey leads possible Democratic challenger Joe Sestak 45 - 35 percent in an early look at a possible rematch in 2016. Toomey gets a 43 - 25 percent approval rating from Pennsylvania voters, who say 37 - 29 percent that he deserves reelection. His favorability rating is 37 - 21 percent.
For Sestak, 64 percent of voters don't know enough about him to form an opinion.U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. gets a 40 - 24 percent approval rating.