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52% of Pennsylvanians Think Obama Shouldn’t Be Reelected


Quinnipiac surveys Pennsylvania voters finds bad news for President Obama is more plentiful that coal and steel there:

The protracted slugfest over raising the national debt limit leaves President Barack Obama with a 54 – 43 percent disapproval among Pennsylvania voters, but he scores better than Republicans or Democrats in Congress, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. 

President Obama has acted more responsibly in the debt ceiling debate than Congressional Republicans, voters say 44 – 37 percent in the independent Quinnipiac University poll concluded Sunday as agreement on a new debt limit was announced.

Looking at the other players in the national debt debate, Pennsylvania voters:Disapprove 68 – 28 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing;Disapprove 67 – 28 percent of Democrats in Congress.

Pennsylvania voters say 52 – 42 percent that Obama does not deserve to be reelected. Matching the president against possible Republican challengers shows:

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 44 percent to Obama’s 42 percent;
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 43 percent to Obama’s 45 percent;
  • Obama leads Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann 47 – 39 percent;
  • Obama tops Texas Gov. Rick Perry 45 – 39 percent.

“Any good poll is a snapshot of public opinion and this survey shows President Barack Obama at a low point just before a major announcement on the national debt limit, after a long and bitter debate,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Let’s see how the public reacts to the news and whether today’s results are a baseline for measuring future results, or whether they show the president is in big trouble in Pennsylvania, a key swing state.”

The Santorum number jumps out, as the former Pennsylvania senator has not gotten much traction nationally and was not considered to be terribly popular in his home state.

Tags: Barack Obama , Mitt Romney , Pennsylvania , Rick Santorum


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