Poll: Obama approval at all time low in crucial state
April 28th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Obama approval at all time low in crucial state

Washington (CNN) – Some new poll numbers out of Pennsylvania may not make President Barack Obama's re-election team jump for joy.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday indicates that 53 percent of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of the job the president's doing in the White House, with 42 percent saying they approve of how Obama's handling his duties.

The 42 percent approval rating for the president is an all time low for Obama in Quinnipiac polling in Pennsylvania. It's also a nine point drop from February, when 51 percent approved of the job the president was doing in office and 44 percent disapproved of how he was handling his duties.

According to the survey, by a 52 to 42 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters say Obama doesn't deserve a second term in office, and in a hypothetical 2012 general election showdown, the poll indicates Obama grabs 40 percent support, with 41 percent going to an unnamed Republican challenger.

Pennsylvania's considered a battleground or swing state. Democratic Sen. John Kerry carried it by three points in his 2004 election loss to President George W. Bush. Then Sen. Barack Obama won the state by ten points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. But Republicans had a strong showing in the state in last year's midterm elections, grabbing back the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and five House seats held by Democrats.

"President Barack Obama's re-election team has work to do in the Keystone State," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Although Pennsylvania has traditionally been a swing state, the size of his 2008 margin gave many observers the idea that it would not be a heavily contested state."

The survey indicates that the drop in support from independents may be behind the president's overall dive in his approval rating. Independent voters in Pennsylvania approved of the president by a 50 to 46 percent margin in February. Now they disapprove of Obama by a 57 to 37 percent margin.

"Whether President Obama's decline stems from rising gasoline prices, continued unhappiness with the economy overall, the war in Afghanistan and now the involvement in Libya, he can take solace from his ability to run a dead heat with a generic Republican despite his current standing with the Pennsylvania public. Perhaps this says as much about the popular view of the Republican field," adds Brown.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 19-25, 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 (34 Responses)
  1. Birther Of A Nation

    I'm sure you're aware that Obama won by a landslide. He was several paths to victory in 2012; that state alone isn't "crucial".

    April 28, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. inofritzn

    30 percent are not paying attention and 12 percent are liberal sheep.

    April 28, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Flatsguide

    Quote "I'm sure you're aware that Obama won by a landslide."

    That was 2 years ago, many things have changed. He'll be gone in 2012.

    April 28, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS -aka- Mammon

    Well let's see the approval rating of the Republican House which ran on a platform of creating jobs. Voters are more concerned about the economy and the Ryan Budget does nothing to improve the economy.

    April 28, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Steve, New York City

    "Birther Of A Nation" – I find your moniker offensive. The birthers would have been the same people, angry at 1960's desegregation efforts.
    I sure as heck have my own criticisms of the president. However, maybe you should listen to some of the smarter people in the GOP such as Scott Brown, Cantor and the Arizona Governor, and put your dimwit, racist pursuit to rest. The birthers are a "blight" on the United States. Maybe you people also want to burn a cross next to the White House? HOW MANY members of the birther movement are also card-carrying Neo Nazis? Therefore, Birther Of A Nation, why don't you and your ilk go back to digging ditches, and leave the "thinking" to the adults?

    April 28, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. dee

    This poll holds no water like a "Bottomless Cup" Why don,t you Poll the south,"See what kind of numbers you get? Poll the "Evangelicals""? LOL!!!! Poll Trumps Family and friends? LOL!!!! Reverend Graham SR, you need to have a real talk with your son sir,he,s going the other way?

    April 28, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Steve, New York City

    . . . .but also an oops from me (Birther Of a Nation). I read your comments after being incensed by your moniker (sorry from this hasty New Yorker).

    April 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Ohio Man

    i have to ask how do they conduct these polls?.. land line ? .. i mean most people dont even answer there land lines if they dont knw the # or even home to take the call.. so i just wonder how do they get these #'s.. but it is what it is.. u will c the biggest voter turn out in history in 2012.. and trust me it wont be for a repub. they have really just showed there card. and more than 80% of american's dont even take polls to give there opinion. and that midterm election was sum BS due to voter turn out was so low .. and now more than half of america is mad that these people even got elected as they r trying to recall most of them on the lies they told.. but people you have to get out and VOTE now do you see why its so important

    April 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Marie MD

    The trumper is an angry white man who is friends with the meatloafz and buseys oc the world. He still treats women as objects (tiring besuty pageants) and his wives are all subservient to him. Didn,t he vote mostky democrat? Any truth to this?
    The President has a sense of humor and, probabky because of what he went through growing up, has a thicker skin than those trying to bring him down. Look at the folks who have to turn everything and anything into "it's all about me" regardless of what the story is.
    Ifnyou votec for him in 2008 and you won't vote for him again that is fine. There are no rethugs worthy of being president unless we reslly want to dumb down our countrywith feslity tv aholex.

    April 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. gt

    i wonder why.. gas prices near $5.00 ...unempoyment 9 %.... 9 more americans kill today in a war we cant win and dont need to be there....and obama goes on opra and talks about his birth certificate... wow .. now i know why is approval rate skinks....ugh...

    April 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. lynn

    Out of curiosity, would love to see a scenario if McCain and Palin had won, a scary thought. Some nonthinkers will bitch about anybody and everything. It's a miracle our Country has survived the 2-party system so long with each side hating the other for no rational reasons, but just to be hating.

    April 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Proud to be an Independent !

    Please ! I am getting so tired of these useless poll's , the President's approval rating just went up 20 point's today now that he has put this birther nonsense to rest and made the GOP look like fool's when he did it ! Why don't you do a poll CNN on how mad senior's are about the GOP's voucher plan for medicare ! That would at least be relevent and issue based ! Any presidential poll need's to be national !

    April 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Bob in PA

    I got news for you, it's a lot higher than that. Dems, Reps and Independents are all disillusioned. Only the selfish or the truely innocent are left that can still be taken advantage of.

    April 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    Independents gave Obama every chance in the world in 2008 with a Democratic House and supermajority in the Senate. He had the means to put in place all of the fixes he campaigned on. 100% support. And he used it to the the max, continuing with grand promises and raising national debt by 40% while in the throes of a brutal recession.

    It didn't work. Unemployment only increased and the 4 million jobs didn't show up. Wall Street banks got rich. Government grew. But Main Street was not where the goods were delivered.

    So the Democrats get clobbered in 2010 and now Obama is all about fiscal responsibility and Main Street. Really?

    April 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Obama may be vulnerable but the GOP will have problems attracting independent and moderate voters. The wingnuts and Tea Party members of the GOP will not permit their candidate to move towards the center of the political spectrum during the general election. It may come down to the "lesser of two evils" for some voters. Even with low poll numbers, don't count Obama out with his recent moves towards the center.

    April 28, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. JAN

    the poll is really a sign of how our government is doing. Presdident Obama is a piece of an complicated puzzle, he can't accomplish anything without the approval of congress and they are too busy in a battle within itself to get us up and running in the right direction.

    April 28, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. john

    Lies worked against Kerry even when they were discredited. They seem to work against Obama too.

    April 28, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are NICE!
    Polls are GREAT!
    Who do they apreciate???
    Who cares!
    Bwahahahaha!!!

    April 28, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. B

    repubs only need 3 out of 22 seats up for grabs to win the senate back. that's in the bag. the presidency is going to be the easiest as obama's poll numbers plummet and gas prices soar. i'm looking forward to reaction from the stunned liberals.

    April 28, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. rusty155

    President Obama Is doing a good Job. You got to Reminder the Republican gave him no help at all the first two years. All they say for two years was NO. Now they want to take everything away from the Middle Class, the POOR and The OLD. And than give It to the RICH and BIG BUSINESS. In 2010 the Republican ran on JOB<JOB<JOBS, but they haven't even trier to find any Jobs. But with there budget cuts they are putting more people out of work. Yes the Republican are doing a good Job If You Are RICH.

    April 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. GL

    The survey indicates that the drop in support from independents may be behind the president's overall dive in his approval rating. Independent voters in Pennsylvania approved of the president by a 50 to 46 percent margin in February. Now they disapprove of Obama by a 57 to 37 percent margin.

    You Independent voters need to go to hell – you are the same voters that gave us all this stupid Republicans Governors.

    April 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. john

    I’m from Pennsylvania and WILL NOT vote for Obama again, not hard to figure out why!
    higher unemployment
    higher taxes
    higher home foreclosure rate
    tax evading Democratic Party
    tax evading Obama administration
    out of control budget / no budget
    health care reform disaster
    price of gasoline
    price of food
    the price of everything going up

    Anyone can beat Obama in the 2012 election; Romney, Palin, Pawlenty, Trump or Gingrich will easily beat Obama in a massive land slide win. Can’t wait to see how the media spins that.

    April 28, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    Proud to be an Independent !
    Please ! I am getting so tired of these useless poll's , the President's approval rating just went up 20 point's today now that he has put this birther nonsense to rest and made the GOP look like fool's when he did it !
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Yeah, Obama produced a valid birth certificate so 2012 is a lock. The results of his first 2 years are forgiven.

    April 28, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Smith

    Meanwhile, Obama goes about the serious business of golf and fundraising and Oprah. Say bye bye to Penn, libs.

    April 28, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Birther Of A Nation

    "That was 2 years ago, many things have changed. He'll be gone in 2012."

    Changed so much that he's still polling better than ALL GOP candidates attempting to challenge him? Right.

    April 28, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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