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Corbett's approval rating slides in new poll

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Governor Tom Corbett is getting a thumbs down from Pennsylvania voters halfway through his first term.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found that 42 percent of voters disapprove of the job Corbett is doing, while only 36 percent approve.

Corbett had a 40-38 approval rating in a poll conducted by the university in November.

The poll also found that 51 percent of voters say the governor does not deserve to be reelected.

Corbett had the least support from women, who disapproved of his job performance 45-31 percent. Men approved of Corbett by 41-37 percent.

Republicans approved of the governor by 52-25 percent, but only 49 percent said he deserves to be reelected.

Pennsylvania voters disapproved, 50-26 percent, of the way Corbett has handled the Penn State situation, the poll found. In homes where someone attends or has graduated from Penn State, voters disapproved 59-23 percent.

Voters, however, do approve, 43-37 percent, of Corbett's lawsuit challenging the NCAA sanctions against Penn State.

The NCAA sanctions imposed on Penn State for its handling of the Sandusky scandal are too severe, 53 percent said, while 13 percent said the penalties are not severe enough and 28 percent said the measures are appropriate.

The telephone poll of 1,221 registered voters was conducted January 22-27 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.8 percent.

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