Any of three Pa. Democrats could beat Corbett, poll finds

    A new poll finds Gov. Tom Corbett is stacking up poorly against real and potential Democratic challengers in Pennsylvania’s 2014 gubernatorial election.

    The Quinnipiac University survey of more than 12,000 registered voters pegs the governor’s disapproval rating at 47 percent, with 38 percent of those surveyed approving of his job performance.

    Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa says although some argue the governor has time to buff up his image, the results are far from meaningless.

    “It’s a clear indication that the direction this governor has led this state the past two years now is in the wrong direction,” said Costa, D-Allegheny.

    The poll finds three Democratic challengers would easily beat Corbett if the gubernatorial election were a day away, instead of a year-and-a-half.

    Just one of those three has announced her candidacy for governor — Democratic Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

    But two others who are said to be mulling a challenge also carried the support of polled voters — former Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak and state Treasurer Rob McCord. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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