PPP: Pennsylvanians Pessimistic on Corbett’s Penn State Maneuvering

Everyone knows Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett faces an uphill battle for reelection in 2014, but a Public Policy Polling release from last week makes his prospects look even bleaker.

Specific to the interests of this blog, Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly disapprove of how Corbett has handled the Penn State situation, both as governor and while investigating Sandusky as the attorney general.

When asked the question, In general, do you approve or disapprove of how Tom Corbett has handled the Penn State situation over the last few years? only 25 percent of Pennsylvania voters said they approved. 58 percent disapproved and 17 percent weren’t sure.

Corbett has faced substantial criticism for his role in investigating Jerry Sandusky while he was attorney general. Many critics have accused Corbett of slow playing the investigation so as to not lose political power before the 2010 gubernatorial election. Current Attorney General Kathleen Kane ran — and won — on a platform that included investigating Corbett for that investigation, which has already begun.

In any case, Corbett’s popularity among Penn Staters could hinge on the success of his NCAA lawsuit. Hey, any enemy of Mark Emmert is a friend, right?

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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