Poll: Obama and Casey on the rise in Pennsylvania
February 17th, 2011
08:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Obama and Casey on the rise in Pennsylvania

Washington (CNN) - Does Sen. Bob Casey Jr. deserve to be re-elected next year?

According to a new poll of voters in Pennsylvania, 46 percent say yes.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning also indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating in the Keystone state, a crucial battleground in the 2012 race for the White House, is at its highest level since the summer of 2009.

By a 46 to 28 percent margin, people questioned in the poll say Casey, a first term Democratic senator, deserves another term in office. And by a 45 to 35 percent margin they say they'd vote for Casey against whomever the Republican nominee is in 2012.

The survey indicates that 44 percent of Pennsylvania voters approve of the job Casey's doing in office, with 24 percent saying they disapprove and just over three in ten undecided. Casey's approval rating is up 5 points from December.

"Although Sen. Bob Casey, the son of a former governor with the same name, was a statewide elected official for eight years as state auditor general and has served four years as senator, it is somewhat surprising that 31 percent of Pennsylvania voters haven't decided whether they think he is doing a good job," says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "That's not that much lower than the 39 percent who don't have an opinion about the Commonwealth's other senator, Pat Toomey, who has been in office just six weeks."

According to the poll, the president's approval rating in Pennsylvania stands at 51 percent, with 44 percent saying they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House.

That 51 percent figure is the highest in Quinnpiac polling in Pennsylvania since the president had a 56 percent approval rating in July 2009.

"President Barack Obama's approval numbers are up substantially since December 16, when the Commonwealth's voters split 44 – 43 percent on his job approval," adds Brown.

The poll indicates the rise is partially fueled by a 9-point jump since December in Obama's approval rating among independent voters.

But by a 48 to 42 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters say Congress should repeal the president's new health care reform law.

According to the survey, by a 45 to 39 percent advantage, Keystone state voters say they would cast a ballot to re-elect Obama next year, and by a narrower 48 to 45 percent margin, they say he deserves another term in office.

Obama won the state by 10 points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February 8-14, with 1,366 registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Rob

    I'm From Philly P.A. Obama 2012 all the way...!!!!!

    February 17, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. willie floyd

    These numbers will likely improve as voters see the total disarray in the Rep. party. The middle class is finally seeing the Reps. do not care what happens to us.

    February 17, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The good voters of Penn. realize they need to put the Democrats back in power. That's a good thing!

    February 17, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    These two guys LQQK great together!! You see their eyes – they SMILE – Unlike the BLANK stare you get from "one person” in particular and I don’t have to mention her name, who also waves that FAKE Pageant HAND and sport that FAKE smile that have the men from the RIGHT mesmerized by it – And it ends up FOGGING their brains which makes it impossible for them to see past that so-called beauty, while they TRY to search for a REAL BRAIN that can function beyond that of a fifth-grader!!! (Was that a run-on sentence???) Doesn't matter, My Point Exactly on how it is – and you all know who I am talking about!!

    Let’s continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD to WTF with President Obama and others who are willing to work with him and NOT kick him to the curb in an effort to “distance themselves” from him!!!

    February 17, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. vic nashville tn

    51 percent Pennsylvanian approve president jobs great news

    Republicans they didn’t get it 2010 election about economy and jobs after the election social conservative pushing their agenda Fiscal conservatives scratching their heads

    February 17, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Dav

    You Go Mr.President,I,m sure there is a large % of educated people in this country that appreciate a leader who "Thinks things out,before reacting on critical issues. Way to radical on the Gop side,the Tea Partiers will ruin the Gop" Stay the course,you have my vote! 2 Terms!

    February 17, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. abnguy

    It is hard to have an opinion on Casey as we do not see him much in Pennsylvania/Washington DC doing his job. We did not see him do much as Auditor General either. He gets votes due to party affiliation and name recognition from his father not from anything he has acheived.

    February 17, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Bob in PA

    Not in my neck of the woods.
    Casey has done -0- since being elected.
    Both these guys lack the common sense God granted the sloth. Well maybe that's not entirely true, Casey knows when to shut his mouth and hide.

    February 17, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. DJ in TX

    I don't know about polls. The reason is they only talk to about 1000 people. Even if it was 100% one way or another, it is still only 1000 poeple out a of a large state. And who knows what part of the state those answers came from, urban or rural, black or white, GOP or Dem. If there was a poll of maybe 500K people from each state with the exact same questions, then a poll would have some merit. AND politicians selectively use polls for their favor. One poll my favor their position where another poll may disagree. Who's poll is correct?

    February 17, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |