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

Poll: New low for Pennsylvania's governor

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(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. Tom Bachman

    He left Philly in disarray, too. Taxes from bluehaired slots-players can't cover the constant excesses from Harrisburg. At least he didn't land the H&HS job Hillary promised him.

    July 21, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Scott the Independent

    Polls depend on who you ask and when. They are not based on advent followers of political news nor do they have a foundation in the civic knowledge and understanding of the individual polled. As we are fully aware some of the most misinformed people have an opinion; however misguided. I think the most accurate polls are those that are open to the public over a period of time. Private polls target specific individuals with common general interest; not the population. As past polls have been proven one can get a poll to show anything.

    July 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. A Mom of 4

    Part of the reason Governor Rendell's numbers are slipping is because he is holding thousands of state workers hostage by refusing to pay them until the budget is passed. He has said repeatedly that he will not sign a budget that doesn't require a state income tax increase. While the Republicans have come up with a budget, albeit one that cuts a bit deep in places, it is still balanced and doesn't require a tax increase. He and the Democrats in the House are refusing to move it forward in the process.

    He also claimed that he would not balance the budget on state workers' backs. Considering that is just what he is doing now, it is no wonder that his numbers are dropping. He has hurt Pennsylvania by these tactics.

    He also hired his friends to 6 figure salaries to newly created positions during a hiring freeze. So while many state workers were doing the jobs of two, three, or even more and not receiving their scheduled pay raises, his buddies had positions created for them and pay of 6-figures.

    Is it a wonder why his numbers are dropping? Pennsylvanians are fed up with his type of political games.

    July 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Waiting for 2010

    That's cause he's pushing for that crappy health care bill that would bankrupt America!!

    July 21, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. TangledThorns

    What is up with with all the loser Dem Govs?? Oh wait, they're Dems.

    July 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Maybe Joe the Pumber will run for governor.

    July 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Nuts

    Poll field from June 14-18 before Gov. Palin’s July 3rd speech.

    Alaska Governor's Race

    Palin 56%
    Berkowitz 36%


    Sarah Palin 56/35 [+21]

    It is amazing how the people of Alaska knew their governor and didn’t buy into any of the crap on display by the liberal MSM.

    July 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. The black spider

    Seriously who expect a Governor approval rating to be high in this economic downterm for the whole country.
    Even the great Sarah Palin cannot maintain high her approval rating.
    Stop this childishness chowing polls for governors in this difficult economic times.
    Governors can only do this much about the economy.
    The smart America do not blame any governor for states problems especially nowadays.
    If it was only up to me it will take a while for any republican to see any high post in government.

    July 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. alexander

    amazing how transparent cnn is on this article. notice how they don't bother to tell you what political party rendell is. He's a democrat by the way in case you were wondering...when ever a dem loses ground politically, these clowns don't bother to tell you their political affiliation.. i also like the tone of the article, its not eds fault its the economy in pa that is causing him so much trouble. No Paul Steinhauser, Ed is the primary reason why PA is so economically messed up, 3 terms of his policies and this is what happens, but don't tag him with that, its everyone elses fault. sad bit of journalism to say the least.

    July 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. mark

    I think u guys are a liberal democrap news station and all ur black anchors and even some white anchors have ur head so far up obamas ass u fail the American people by not providing accurate news about this evil taxing administration is bankrupting Americans! impeach obama hussein the terrorist hijacking America

    July 21, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Susan (Michigan)

    It's ironic that Bush, who promised a 'quick war of liberation' in Iraq was never held to any timetable on ANYTHING and that war is still draining our money and men, and now Obama and Rendell, among others, are supposed to be miracle workers and fix the economy in one fell swoop of a few months. Meanwhile, the Republicans do everything they can to stop a recovery, because they want this economy to be in the worst shape possible so they can use it for their elections next fall. Sick, demented, and anti-American all, particularly Hannity, Beck and Rush...who ought to be tried for treason!

    July 21, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Leen Waugh

    Disaster – He is a real disater for PA and this man is writing a book on his 30 years in service and politics.

    With this kind of approval rating who will wnat to even look at the book.

    Since the time he has taken office 7 years back only 2 things ahve happened in PA

    Rendells spennding has increased and so has his waist size.

    July 21, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. shannan

    ed should be worried about passing is own state budget – what about the 69000 state employees without checks – my husband i both work for the state of pa – no checks – you can't plan a head for that . I don't think ed will ever have another public office job

    July 21, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. JB - NYC

    Lynn Swan would have been a great Governor.. Too bad.. You have no one to blame but yourselves. LOL

    July 21, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Mike in SA

    "It's not easy being an incumbent governor nowadays."

    This should really state "It's not easy being an incumbent DEMOCRATIC governor nowadays." Several Democratic governorships are on the wrong side of polling numbers. With the exception of one self-destructing governor in South Carolina, the Republicans are on firm footing. Call it the Obama effect.

    July 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Barb

    That man is nothing but a blackmailer, he holds the state employee's hostage as a weapon to get his budget plan through, actually had the nerve to say on TV that we ought to be grateful to him that he arranged for us to get short term loans.
    He wants that 16% increase in income tax and has people thinking that it's only 4 dollars a week (which it would be) out of your paycheck but if he gets away with it this year how much is it going to be next year? If those state employee's don't have any other income or not so perfect credit then there are no short term loans and why should I have to pay any interest on the money I make period, it's enough he wants to cheat another 4 dollars a week out of my pocket for his stupid projects. I guess we are going to strap our belts tighter because there is no way I want a bill passed that will give him that extra cash, I rather live of what I make and wait until they pass something sensible so my husband gets paid again.
    There is no legal reason for him to not pay state workers and every state worker in PA that isn't getting paid should file a complained with Federal Labor Officials

    July 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. florida indep

    "We don't want it resolved on the backs of states that are already struggling financially." What about the individuals that are in worse shape thanks to mismanagement at the local, state and federal levels of government? Too much fat, not to mention fatheads, at all levels of government and business. We can no longer look to the past for answers to what ails this nation.

    July 21, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. cheer up Ed

    Cheerup Ed,things could be worse,just like the republicans are hoping for.Dont believe a poll madeup by drunken college frat boys.I dont believe any poll,they are tools to make people believe lies and sway opinion.I have never been polled,dont know anyone that has,and I have come in contact with thousands of people that have never been polled.Polls are the biggest lie ever,but as long as you have sheep,there will be polls.

    July 21, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Stuffit

    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."

    The good governor has conflicting arguments. On one hand, Health Care has to be accomplished or the sky is going to fall (a little fear goes a long way, huh Ed?). but states with problems shouldn't have to pay.

    He could have followed Mitt Romney's lead, or actually been a pioneer. Obviously health care was not one of his priorities.

    July 21, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. johnnie

    That is a bunch of (BOGUS) bull,another attempt by the (RIGHT WING) to (TRY) and make a move for 2012 , it wont work . Spector has switched to (Democrat) and Ed Rendell has endorse him. I Predict, that Gov. Rendell will take care of the (BUDGET ) problems and the Pennsylvania People are in a (Crunch) because of the Previous President George Bush and (WHERE IS CHENEY). It also about a (PLOT) about (Health Care Reform) from the (Right Wing) to get the People of (Penn State ) all worked up. It wont work, those days are (OVER) .The (Right Wing) is not (slick) they are(disperate) to (block) Health Care and give the Presdent his so called (WATERLOO). Ed Rendell has been a great Gov. and will rise to the (Challenge). The (Country) has suffered from (BUSH) lets not (FORGET THAT) sorry (TRY) gop , your not going to stop (PROGRESS) President Obama has got you all at (BAY) and Ed Rendell will be just (FINE)...

    July 21, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. LacrosseMom

    As usual, polls are questionable. Pennsylvania is a blue state and will remain so.

    July 21, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Gary

    Its a recession and he wants to raise taxes.

    tax, tax, tax – – that is his plan? More gambling in the state? sell the turnpike? don't pay the state workers but have them work anyway? He has done sooo many crazy things since becoming Governor. I would never ever vote for him again for any other office. I would never vote for any candidate that has Rendell on their staff.

    Rendell is by far the worst Governor we have ever had in PA.

    PS – he doesn't even live in the capital. Like governor Palin, he lives in his private home in another city (philadelphia). He commutes to harrisburg daily at taxpayer expense....does he take per diem too? Rendell needs to be investigated.

    July 21, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |

    ED was supposed to lower my property taxes with gambling revenues(didn't happen), now he wants to raise my sate income taxes. The deadline on balancing the state budget was June 30.

    I wonder if that is why the governor is dropping in the polls?

    Just asking?

    July 21, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. panem et circenses

    I would love to see an article here about the recent USA Today/Gallop Poll:

    Obama's overall approval rating is 55%, with 41% disapproval. That might sound solid enough, but in fact it puts him 10th among the 12 post-World War II presidents at the equivalent point in the term.

    On the economy, his approval is 47%, with 49% disapproval, down from a 55%-42% rating in May. On health care policy, he is at 44%-50%, another upside-down rating.

    In addition, 59% say his proposals involve too much spending, and 52% say the proposals call for too much expansion of government power.

    July 21, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Chipster

    The American people want services – lots and lots of services. Look at the ads on TV. – Don't let "them" cut hospital funding! Don't let "them" cut education funding! Don't let "them" cut support sports from the school budget! Don't let "them" cut support for the historical society! Don't let "them" cut support for Senior's medication. Don't let "them" cut – Don't let "them" cut – Don't let "them" cut – -

    Always followed immediately with: Don't let "them" increase MY taxes!

    Everybody wants, wants, wants, but nobody wants to pay, pay, pay. Well, it isn't free. It either has to be cut or we all have to pay.

    July 21, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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