(CNN) – A new survey of Pennsylvania voters indicates they are very pessimistic about where their state is headed. And that could spell trouble for Democrats trying to hold onto a U.S. Senate seat and the Keystone state's governor's office in this November's elections.
According to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvanians released Thursday, just three out of ten people say their state is headed in the right direction, a 15 year low, while nearly six in ten say the state's headed on the wrong track.
The survey indicates that 37 percent of Pennsylvania voters rate President Barack Obama's performance in office as either good or excellent, with 35 percent rating his handling of his duties as poor.
Thirty-seven percent of Democrats questioned say they are likely to vote in the November elections. That number rises to 45 percent for Republicans surveyed.
The poll indicates that among those likely to vote in the midterms, Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey leads Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee, 40 percent to 31 percent, with just over one in four undecided. When widened to the larger pool of registered voters, Toomey holds a smaller 31 to 28 percent advantage, with nearly four in ten undecided.
Both Sestak, a former Navy admiral and two-term congressman from southeastern Pennsylvania, and Toomey, a former congressman and former head of The Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, are battling to succeed Sen. Arlen Specter. The five term senator switched from the Republican to Democratic party last year, but was defeated by Sestak in the May primary.
In the race to succeed term limited Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, the poll indicates Republican nominee Tom Corbett leads Democratic nominee Dan Onorato by 11 points, with more than three in ten likely voters undecided. When widened to registered voters, Corbett's margin over Onorato shrinks to one.
The Franklin and Marshall College Poll was conducted August 16-23, with 485 registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percent for registered voters and plus or minus 5.4 percent for likely voters.