(CNN) - Republicans scored big victories in Pennsylvania in last month's midterm elections, winning back the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and five House seats from the Democrats.
But looking ahead to 2012, a new poll of Keystone state voters indicates there is a plurality of support for re-electing Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 43 percent say they favor re-electing Casey in 2012, with 35 percent saying they'd vote for the unnamed GOP challenger, with 11 percent saying it depends on the challenger and 11 percent unsure. Independents questioned in the survey are divided between Casey and an unnamed Republican candidate.
By a 39 to 29 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters approve of the job the freshman senator is doing. The former state treasurer defeated two-term Republican Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2006 election.
The poll indicates that 44 percent approve of the job President Barack Obama's doing in the White House, with 43 percent saying they disapprove.
"Half of Pennsylvania voters say Sen. Robert Casey generally shares the same views as President Barack Obama, while 16 percent say he does not. A third, 34 percent, are not sure," says Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown. "Depending on how popular the president is in Pennsylvania in 2012, and how Sen. Casey conducts himself during the next 23 months, that could be a plus or a minus for Casey's re-election prospects."
"Although there is a sense in the political community that Casey will be a strong bet for re-election, his numbers are not overwhelming," Brown added.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Dec. 6-13, with 1,584 Pennsylvania voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
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bob casey isn't the type of democrat that i would support, but if his reelection improves our chances at getting the senate back then i'm all for it
Hmmm... first fake polls about an Obozo/Palin matchup, now this??? I wonder if the Ticker is running good news predictions for the DemocRATS to lift their sagging spirits? The fact that the Republicans won the House on Nov. 2 will save a lot of DemocRATS from themselves. He may survive but if Obozo keeps picking fights and looking like the leftist he is, then all DemocRATS need to worry about getting re-elected.
We have great Democratic Senators in Virginia!!!
Yes we have Pat Robertson clones as Gov and as AG who love to spew out religious and social bigotry, but they are quickly self-destructing. And our local and national economy will at some point come back no matter how hard the Repubs work to screw it up.
2012 will be a great year for progressive / liberals and therefore Dems over-all. Especially if the tea-baggers are still around then.
Come 2012 hopefully not just in PA will voters realize that right now, the Republican Party (Genocide Over Policy), basically spits on the second chance they claim to have been given by the electorate and aside from offering no ideas but only more obstructionism, they fully intend to care only for the interest of White millionaires.
Note to Poor Whites. The GOP cares nothing for you.
What a useless poll! So people say that in an election held in 2 years against someone unknown they'd vote for him? That is meaningless. Amazing what passes for "news" these days.
I like Casey and he will WIN if he chooses to run!
Hmmm...Are people starting to regret their republican voting decisions now, even BEFORE the GOP takes a hold of their added seats?? Interesting how that happens so soon after the election when emotions settle down and people are able to ask themselves with more centered minds, "What did I do?"