Pennsylvania Republican still leads after saying people ‘don’t want’ to work

Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett’s controversial remarks about the unemployed being unwilling to work until government benefits expire appear not to have resonated among likely voters.

Corbett still holds a double-digit lead over Democrat Dan Onorato in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Corbett has a 49 to 39 percent lead over Onorato among 750 likely votes in a Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday. The survey, which mirrors results from June, was conducted July 14 — five days after Corbett said “the jobs are there” and people just don’t want to work.

“People don’t want to come back to work while they still have come unemployment,” he told Pennsylvania Public Radio on July 9. “That’s becoming a problem.”

“The jobs are there, but if we keep extending unemployment people are just going to sit there,” he said.

The state had a 9.2 percent unemployment rate last month.

Onorato has already used the comments in a Web ad. On Friday he was at an event in Lancaster where he again hit Corbett for his comments.

“A Harrisburg insider like Tom Corbett who doesn’t even recognize the problems families are facing will never be able to offer the solutions that Pennsylvania needs,” Onorato said in a prepared statement.