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Obama’s Approval Rebounds in Pennsylvania . . . to 44 Percent.


New polling numbers for Pennsylvania, from Quinnipiac:

Pennsylvania voters give Sen. Robert Casey Jr. a 39 – 29 percent job approval rating; by 43 – 35 percent they favor him over an unnamed Republican for re-election in 2012 and by 40 – 33 percent they say he deserves another term, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Voters split 45 – 45 percent on whether or not Congress should repeal the health care overhaul passed last winter, the independent Quinnipiac University survey finds. The poll, except for Monday night’s interviewing, was completed before a federal judge in Virginia ruled that part of the law was unconstitutional.

By an overwhelming 69 – 24 percent, Pennsylvania voters approve of the tax deal that President Barack Obama had negotiated with congressional Republican leaders. President Obama has a split 44 – 43 percent approval rating in the Keystone State, and would defeat an unnamed Republican in 2012 by 41 – 37 percent. Still, voters are split 44 – 45 percent on whether the president deserves a second term in the White House. This compares to a negative 46 – 49 percent approval rating July 14, when Commonwealth voters said 48 – 42 percent Obama did not deserve re-election.

I find these numbers pretty discouraging for an incumbent with a name beloved in his state’s politics, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headline says “Pa. voters approve of Casey’s work.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Bob Casey


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