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Governor Tom Corbett's job performance numbers remain low

Published On: May 07 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 08 2013 05:53:48 PM CDT

If being a Governor was like being a high school student, Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett just got voted the least popular kid in class.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

If being a Governor was like being a high school student, Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett just got voted the least popular kid in class.

And New Jersey's Chris Christie is the most popular.

Corbett's job performance is at 25% after Franklin and Marshall interviewed 526 Pennsylvania voters.

Some people feel if Corbett wants to see higher numbers he should speak to the residents of the state more.

It's not that people don't like Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett some say the problem is they just haven't seen enough growth.

"When somebody comes into office I always hope that they are going to grow in that office," said Bethlehem resident, Ralph Drake.

"I'm a recent graduate from East Stroudsburg University and I know that he was very unpopular there because of the budget cuts. Which actually did affect me," added Shawna Serpe, from Freemansburg.

"How is he going to get rid of the liquor store to get money for education when he is always laying off teachers and principals," said Bethlehem resident, Joe Lazaro.

The latest Franklin and Marshall College poll shows Governor Corbett's job performance number is at 25%.

In fact, it's the worst for a sitting governor in the poll's history.

Meantime, Corbett's neighbor and fellow Republican, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is polling over 60% in another survey.

The 526 voters polled about Corbett list lackluster job creation and improving the state economy as key factors.

Privatization of the lottery system and liquor stores is the lowest.

"I'm not a fan of privatization of anything," added Drake.

Some feel if Tom Corbett held more public forums, talked to voters, and worked with others in Harrisburg, his numbers would improve.

Just like Christie.

"Christie is willing to work with everyone cross the line," said Lazaro.

"I think he should get out and really talk to the people," added Serpe. "Just hear what people are saying."

Not everyone thinks Governor Christie is doing great.

Ralph Drake says the reason why Chris Christie is doing better than Corbett, Christie is a better actor.