Gov. Tom Corbett's approval numbers are still underwater and three leading Democrats each pile up nearly double-digit leads over him, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
Pennsylvania voters disapprove of the first-term Republican's job performance 47-38 percent (which follows a four-month trend of bad numbers for the incumbent). From the pollsters:
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak tops Corbett 48 -- 34 percent, including 45 -- 29 percent among independent voters:
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is ahead 47 -- 34 percent, including 45 -- 27 percent among independent voters:
State Treasurer Rob McCord is up 44 -- 35 percent, including 40 -- 30 percent among independent voters:
"Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gets a triple dose of bad news. Three Democratic challengers would beat him handily if the election for governor were held today," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"Fortunately for Gov. Corbett, the election is not today. He has 18 months to turn things around."
The governor's team may also get to sit back and watch a tough Democratic primary -- almost 60 percent of Democrats are undecided and Mr. Sestak and Ms. Schwartz are tied at 15 percent.
Mr. Corbett said he isn't bothered by the poll numbers because budget cuts have been painful and the economic turnaround they were meant to achieve hasn't fully happened yet.
"We've been feeling the pain and the economy is only starting to come back," he said in an interview in Washington Monday afternoon after he spoke at a small-business summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
He said the poll numbers haven't budged, even though labor groups have been running attack ads against him statewide.
"They've got these ads out and it didn't change the numbers. Wait until we start getting our story out there about what we're doing," he said.
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