July 21st, 2009
10:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: New low for Pennsylvania's governor

A new poll suggests that Gov. Rendell's approval ratings have reached an all-time low.
A new poll suggests that Gov. Rendell's approval ratings have reached an all-time low.

(CNN) - It's not easy being an incumbent governor nowadays.

Just ask Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell: A new poll of Keystone State voters suggests that second-term governor's approval rating has dropped to an all-time low.

Thirty-nine percent of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday approve of the job Rendell's doing as Pennsylvania governor. That's a drop of 15 points from May, and marks Rendell's lowest level ever in Quinnipiac polling.

The survey indicates that nine out of ten Pennsylvania voters say the inability of Rendell and state lawmakers to come up with a budget agreement by the June 30th deadline is a serious problem, and Rendell gets much of the blame.

"The hassle in Harrisburg over the state budget certainly has caught the public's attention and voters are angry about it," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Up to now we've called Gov. Ed Rendell 'Teflon Ed,' but the budget crisis clearly has put some scratches on him and the state economic crisis is sticking to the governor."

Rendell is term-limited, and can't run for a third term next year.

The governor was on CNN's American Morning Tuesday, urging the passage of health care reform.

"We've got to get this done. Every governor knows there are too many uninsured people in his state, there are too many people who have insurance but that it doesn't really do anything," said Rendell.

But he had a warning to lawmakers in Washington: "We don't want it to be resolved on the backs of states that are already struggling financially."


Filed under: Ed Rendell • Pennsylvania • Poll
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. mike

    Can we see the poll for Republican governors for once?

    Like the Gov. of CA. or Mississippi?

    July 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Bob in Pa

    During a visit, during Rendells first term campaign, my uncle took one look at him on the TV and sized him up completely. "I don't like him. Any man that smiles like that all the time is hiding something. You will never be able to tell if he's telling the truth." At the time he knew nothing about Rendell, not even his party affiliation.

    The man has run PA into the ground, squandered our surpluses, raised taxes and still wants more, promised us property tax reductions and never delivered. And my favotrite, thrown mental patients out of state hospitals and closed them down (we read about former paitients being arrested or commiting suicide all the time). Such a caring individual.

    I wish I could have sized him up so easily.

    July 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. makesUwonder

    (CNN) — It's not easy being an incumbent governor nowadays.-----give me a freaking break. These politicians have all made a ton of money off the taxpayers so as far as me feeling sorry for them...........no way...........Hey, Gov. Rendell, this health care reform you all are pushing in our faces..........will it be the same health care you Democrats in government will use?.............I somehow doubt it!

    July 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. jt

    If this was a Republican governor there would be a BIG "R" next to his name in the first paragraph. But since it's negative news on a dem no "D". Petty comment?...Maybe. But definitely lopsided news on CNN.

    July 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Chris Daubert

    Though CNN might be left leaning, was it really purposeful to omit Rendell's political party, as one comment above suggests? I sure hope not. Doesn't everyone know that Rendell is a Democrat? Isn't that kind of common knowledge? I don't approve of him at all, but to attack CNN on that omission is a little nit-picky...maybe they are just giving the American populace the benefit of the doubt that we are not moronic and are actually informed. All of my high school students know what party Rendell is in...I sure hope that all adults have the same level of awareness.

    July 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I could immediately tell he was a Democrat governor because the article didn't once mention it. Why did you omit that CNN?

    July 21, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Sharon J. Kennedy

    I feel let down by the Gov. he knows that the puppy mills are vile and despicable places of cruelty and neglect yet he does not take the appropriate actions of compassion and judicial opinion shut these kennels of crime down and to impose penalties of law on the criminals who operate these factories of horror and abuse.

    July 21, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Bob in Pa

    Hey LacrosseMom, Pa is only Blue because of Phily and Pittsburgh It is 80% Red by land mass.

    July 21, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. gt

    no jobs ,,, no jobs ,, no jobs,,,,so long to another old tired politians,,,,

    July 21, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Thin is in?

    Rendell is just in a long line of Obama sheep supporters who hooked their wagons to this fraud in chief and ALL that he has LIED about and HIS BRUTAL proposals as they like SHEEP figured that Obambi would stay popular forever and they would coast in on his popularity.

    Funny thing happening on the way to 2010 sheep, it's called a Republican comeback as their stupid tax and spend ways of the Bush administraion are OVER and as expected you liberals couldn't help yourself while geting a taste of absoulute power, YOU BLEW IT.

    Thank you Barry for being the WORST, must inept six month President ever and please "keep up the good work".

    July 21, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Chipster

    States and local government must cut vital services and all of us must pay more for less. That's the Bush Tax.Legacy. Unfunded mandates have crippled state budgets nationwide.

    Years ago the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), reported that "A conservative estimate suggests that federal policies are costing states and localities about $185 billion over the four-year course of the state fiscal crisis." Health costs were shifted to states and they were forced pay for unfunded mandates for homeland security, election reform, and No Child Left Behind. As a result, states and communities have no choice but to raise taxes and cut services.

    The result has been property tax increases, college tuition increases, and cuts in vital services. It will take decades to recover from the damage. Most people will simply blame those who are left with the unpleasant job of cutting programs and services. Like Reagan, they will recall what a nice guy Bush seemed to be because they don’t understand the damage that “borrow and spend” policies and unfunded mandates have done to our economy.

    July 21, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Debby

    The polls are low for all Dems. in charge get use to it for another 3 years. Hey CNN where are all the comments on the Maloney thread whats da matta Sharpton had a tissy fit and complained.

    July 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. yuri

    He needs to soften his stand and compromise on some of his so-called rigid principles. Also, he shoots his mouth out a lot, and he would do well if he speaks softly but loudly. He should not go overboard with his assertive skills, too much.

    July 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. John M

    As the Big O falls, so shall the Lil O.

    July 21, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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