Polls: Low marks for Corzine, Rendell, lawmakers

July 21, 2009 5:44:33 AM PDT
The news is not good for a pair of local governors and some local lawmakers.

Gov. Ed Rendell and the Legislature are getting low marks from Pennsylvania voters as the state's budget battles in Harrisburg continue for a third week.

A statewide Quinnipiac University poll found only 27 percent of the state's voters approve of the job the Legislature is doing. That's barely higher than the Legislature's 26 percent approval rating that the same pollster found following the 2005 legislative pay raise mess.

The poll found the Democratic governor's rating had plummeted to 39 percent. That's the lowest since he took office in 2003.

The Connecticut-based university surveyed 1,173 Pennsylvania voters by telephone from July 14 through Sunday. The sampling error margin was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

In New Jersey, a new poll shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine earning poor grades among voters.

Voters in the Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll released Tuesday give the Democratic governor an overall grade of C-. The poll grades Corzine on controlling costs and cutting waste.

Corzine's highest grade is C, which he gets in two areas: his level of effort and the public schools. His lowest grade is D for New Jersey's high cost of living.

The poll also shows most New Jerseyans fail to see what, if anything, Corzine has accomplished in nearly four years in office.

Corzine's re-election bid is being challenged by former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

The telephone poll of 923 people was taken July 9-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 points.


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