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Toplines - 2010 Pennsylvania Governor Election - February 10, 2010

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Pennsylvania State Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted February 10, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President-Elect… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

26% Strongly approve

17% Somewhat approve

11% Somewhat disapprove

45% Strongly disapprove

2% Not sure

2* How do you rate the way that Ed Rendell is performing his role as Governor? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

16% Excellent

27% Good

25% Fair

31% Poor

1% Not Sure

3* 2010 Pennsylvania Election for Governor

Tom Corbett (R)

49%

Jack Wagner (D)

28%

Some other candidate

5%

Not sure

17%

Tom Corbett (R)

51%

Joe Hoeffel (D)

29%

Some other candidate

5%

Not sure

15%

Tom Corbett (R)

52%

Dan Onorato (D)

26%

Some other candidate

5%

Not sure

17%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Corbett

Wagner

Onorato

Hoeffel

Very Favorable

17%

5%

10%

8%

Somewhat Favorable

50%

35%

24%

25%

Somewhat Unfavorable

10%

21%

25%

19%

Very Unfavorable

5%

7%

10%

14%

Not Sure

18%

32%

32%

34%

5* How would you rate the way that Ed Rendell has handled the Pennsylvania Budget…..excellent, good, fair or poor?


9% Excellent
16% Good
24% Fair
47% Poor
3% Not sure

6* How closely have you followed news stories about a proposal from Governor Rendell that would lowering the sales tax rate to 4%, but increasing the number of items taxed?

21% Very closely
33% Somewhat closely
32% Not very closely
10% Not at all
4% Not sure

7* Under the proposal, new items subject to the sales tax would include candy, gum, dry cleaning and personal hygiene products. Do you favor or oppose lowering the sales tax rate to 4% but taxing more items?

42% Favor
41% Oppose
18% Not sure

8* Will the proposal to lower the sales tax rate to 4% but tax more items lead to higher taxes or lower taxes?

48% Higher taxes
21% Lower taxes
31% Not sure

9* The Governor has also proposed expanding the tobacco tax to include smokeless tobacco and Cigars. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?

70% Favor
22% Oppose
8% Not sure

10* On a different topic, how angry are you at the current policies of the federal government?

46% Very angry
25% Somewhat angry
15% Not very angry
9% Not at all angry
6% Not sure

11*Would you agree or disagree with the following statement? Neither Republican political leaders nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today?

58% Agree
32% Disagree
10% Not sure

12* Generally speaking, would it better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were reelected this November or if most of them were defeated?

16% Better if most incumbents were reelected
66% Better if most incumbents were defeated
18% Not sure

13* Regardless of how Congress is doing overall, does your local representative in Congress deserve to be reelected?

34% Yes
44% No
21% Not sure

14* Should Donovan McNabb be the Eagles quarterback next season or should he be traded?

27% McNabb should be the Eagles quarterback next season

28% He should be traded
45% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence