The outcome of this year’s gubernatorial race could produce something that Pennsylvanians haven’t seen for nearly 50 years – a one-term governor.
All governors elected since 1970 have won reelection to a second consecutive term allowed under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
But Gov. Tom Corbett’s low poll numbers raise the distinct possibility of a break with this tradition.
Less than a quarter of voters (24 percent) have a strongly or somewhat favorable view of Corbett, while almost half of voters (48 percent) view him somewhat or strongly unfavorably, according to a recent poll by Franklin and Marshall College.
The poll of 580 registered voters was conducted between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27
and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
The idea of allowing governors to succeed themselves by election was debated during the 1950s and 1960s – a time of constitutional revision as state, local and federal government grew larger and more complex to meet the needs of a changing society. READ MORE »