A survey conducted by Harrisburg-based Harper Polling released Monday shows a majority of statewide voters do not believe Gov. Tom Corbett deserves a second term in office.
The poll of 813 registered voters, conducted July 1 and 2, showed 56 percent of respondents said they thought someone else should lead the state, while 24 percent said Corbett deserves another four years.
When looking at just the Republicans that took part in the poll, less than half — 43 percent — said Corbett should get another term. If Corbett is looking to Independents for support, it doesn’t appear he’ll find much. Only 25 percent of the Independents surveyed said they believe Corbett has earned another four years.
Also, slightly more Democrats than Republicans said they believe Pennsylvania’s economy is getting better.
“The overriding negative opinion about the direction of the state economy is durable across partisan affiliation,” said Harper Polling pollster Brock McCleary.
Thirty-one percent of Democrats said that was the case, while 28 percent of Republicans thought the same. Twenty-one percent of Independents shared that view.
Forty-three percent of both Republicans and Democrats said they believed the state’s economy was getting worse. Forty-two percent of Independents shared that view.
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percent. A political party breakdown of those surveyed shows 45 percent of respondents identified as Democrats and 42 percent are Republicans. Thirteen percent were other parties or Independent.
Other results of the poll showed:
• Sixty percent surveyed said they support a plan to require new state employees to participate in a 401k retirement plan as opposed to the current state employee pension system. Sixty-six percent of Republicans back the idea while 57 percent of Democrats do. Fewer than half, 48 percent, of Independents support the proposal.
• Eighty-six percent of respondents said it was important that the state budget be passed by the June 30 deadline. Only 6 percent said it wasn’t important while 8 percent were unsure.
• Seventy-nine percent of those surveyed said it was important there was no state tax increase for a third straight year. Sixteen percent said it was not important while 5 percent are not sure.
• On the non-political question, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was selected as the favorite Hershey-made candy with 43 percent of the vote. York Peppermint Patties came in a distant second with 17 percent of the vote and Hershey’s Chocolate Bars was third with 16 percent. Kit-Kats and Hershey’s Kisses tied for last with 12 percent of the vote each.