Pennsylvania Governor: Corbett(R) Is Still in the Driver’s Seat

Rasmussen Reports

Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett continues to run well ahead of Democrat Dan Onorato in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial contest despite a visit to the state by President Obama to boost Democratic candidates.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Keystone State finds Corbett with 54%, his best showing yet. Onorato, Allegheny County’s county executive, gets 40% of the vote. One percent (1%) like another candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The contest remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Two weeks ago, Corbett held a comparable 53% to 41% lead.  Corbett has led the race in surveys since February, with 45% to 54% of the vote. Onorato has earned 26% to 41% support in the same period.

The survey was taken two days after Obama and Vice President Joe Biden came to a rally in Philadelphia to appear with Democratic candidates in the state including Onorato. The gubernatorial candidates will hold their final debates of the campaign this coming Saturday and Monday nights.

The statewide survey of 750 Likely Voters in Pennsylvania was conducted on October 12, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Additional data from the survey will be released at

Republican Pat Toomey now holds a 10-point lead over Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, the widest gap between the candidates since early April in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.

Corbett has the backing of 85% of Republicans in the state, while just 70% of Democrats support Onorato. The GOP candidate holds a three-to-one lead among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.

Only five percent (5%) of Pennsylvania voters give good marks to the U.S. economy, while 57% rate it as poor. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say the economy is getting better, but 51% believe it is getting worse.

Eighty percent (80%) of voters who think the economy is improving support Onorato. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the larger group that says economic conditions are worsening favor Corbett.

Onorato is viewed favorably by 46% of all voters in the state and unfavorably by 43%. This includes 19% with a Very favorable impression of him and 23% with a Very Unfavorable one.

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