Politics & Policy

Public Policy Polling Predicts Pennsylvania ‘Sweep’

Public Policy Polling, the Democrat firm that has Pat Toomey leading Joe Sestak by five, at 51 to 46 percent, elaborates on its polling by predicting a “sweep” for Republicans in the Keystone State.

President Obama is perhaps the biggest reason Toomey and Corbett are projected to do well tomorrow:

In the Senate race Pat Toomey leads Joe Sestak 51-46 and in the race for Governor Tom Corbett is up 52-45 on Dan Onorato. The story here is an inordinate number of Democrats unhappy with Barack Obama- and voting Republican because of it. The President’s approval rating within his own party is only 73% in Pennsylvania, with 21% of Democrats disapproving of him. Those Democrats unhappy with Obama are leaning strongly Republican, planning to vote for Toomey by a 68-23 margin and for Corbett by a 69-25 spread.

What that leads to overall is 15-19% of Democrats voting Republican in these two races. Meanwhile GOP voters are extremely unified, giving each of their nominees 88%. Independents are splitting pretty evenly so it is that party unity advantage that has the GOP candidates in a position to win here.

As is the case for him throughout the Midwest Obama’s very unpopular in Pennsylvania with 54% of voters disapproving of him to just 40% who think he’s doing a good job. Outgoing Governor Ed Rendell has also fallen strongly out of favor, posting only a 34% approval number while 53% of voters disapprove of him. …

Any thought that Democrats might have been better off with Arlen Specter as their nominee can be laid to rest. We asked respondents how they would have voted in a hypothetical match up between him and Toomey led 49-40, an even wider lead than the one he’s posting against Sestak. [emphasis added]

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