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Poll to Corbett: Private liquor good, private lottery management bad

By - Last modified: February 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM
Brent Burkey
Brent Burkey

If only it were the other way around.

According to a recent poll, only about one in four respondents is happy with Gov. Tom Corbett's performance, with people voicing polar-opposite opinions when it comes to two state privatization endeavors.

Nearly two-thirds don't like privatizing management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, even though it appears to be on the cusp of happening. Only 18 percent favor it and 64 percent oppose it, according to the poll.

Meanwhile, liquor store privatization went from much fanfare to gutted to outright failure to launch in the previous legislative session. It's big on the agenda again for 2013-14, though obviously NOT a done deal, considering the previous attempt.

Unfortunately, that's the initiative a majority of respondents like. Fifty-three percent favor it, and 34 percent oppose it.

I have to wonder what Corbett's numbers would say if things were reversed: Liquor sales poised to go to private hands, with voters happy with the prospect of more freely buying booze, while at the same time less worried about Camelot running the lottery because, well, recent history isn't on the side of that coming to pass anyway.

Suffice it to say, that'd probably make a better reality than Corbett's recent showing for good or excellent job marks.

Only 2 percent gave Corbett an excellent rating, and just 24 percent say he's done a good job.

I know you'd probably have to cure cancer to get a sky-high excellent rating as a politician. But it should at least be better the year before re-election than what's written on the milk my oldest kid drinks in the morning.

Bad break.

Brent Burkey covers retail, tourism, and Lebanon and York counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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