Steve Esack says voters want the 2014 election to be about education and job growth. That is not an election Tom Corbett can win:
Corbett’s education cuts went into effect July 1, 2011 — an eternity ago in the realm of politics, where voters tend to have short memories.
But voter memory appears long when it comes to the 2011-12 education funding cuts.
No matter what Corbett has said or done, his education record is viewed through the prism of those cuts, and their specter could threaten his re-election chances.
Since Corbett has been in office, the number of voters who rank “education, school” as Pennsylvania’s top priority has skyrocketed by 17 percentage points to 21 percent, according to a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll.
Education is now the top issue for voters, far outpacing unemployment, economy, taxes and crime, the poll found.
At the same time, the number of voters who say Corbett is doing an “excellent or good job” has gone down similarly, to 19 percent.