Poll: Where's Santorum's homefield advantage?
June 15th, 2011
10:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Where's Santorum's homefield advantage?

(CNN) - It may be his home state, but a new poll indicates that Rick Santorum is not on top in Pennsylvania in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination.

And the Quinnipiac University survey of Keystone state voters released Wednesday also indicates that President Barack Obama's re-election numbers are on the rise in the crucial battleground state.

According to the poll, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the Republican field at 21 percent, followed by Santorum at 16 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 11 percent. No one else was in double digits and 17 percent are undecided.

Santorum represented Pennsylvania for two terms in the U.S. Senate before he was defeated by double digits in his 2006 re-election bid.

"Native son Rick Santorum is not feeling the love among Pennsylvania Republicans or among voters in general," Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Assistant Director Tim Malloy added. "But Santorum does better in a GOP primary than other more nationally-known candidates such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, who gets just 5 percent of the Republican vote."

The poll indicates that in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup, Obama tops Romney 47 to 40 percent among Pennsylvania voters, with the president leading Santorum by a 49 to 38 percent margin.

According to the survey, by a 48 to 46 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters say the president deserves to be re-elected. That's up from April, when Keystone state voters said Obama didn't deserve another term in the White House by 52 to 42 percent.

Sen. John Kerry narrowly captured Pennsylvania in his 2004 election loss to President George W. Bush. Obama carried the state by ten points in his 2008 presidential election victory. But Republicans stormed back in last year's midterm elections, capturing the governor's office, a Senate seat and five House seats from the Democrats.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted June 7-12, with 1,277 Pennsylvania voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum • Sarah Palin
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Bill in Florida

    Given that Frothy Rick lost his Senate reelection bid by 18 points, is anybody surprised that he fares poorly as the GOP nominee for President?

    June 15, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Nigel Tufnel

    That is a handsome picture of Santorum

    June 15, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Reggie from LA

    Excellent opportunity for Palin now.
    She can swing her support to Romney now and be vindicated for quitting after the bus ride.
    Ooops. But what of Bachman? Well that's conflicting now because she and the Pizza Man are sliced from the same Pizza Party...I mean TeaParty. Oh what to do. Frankly, it doesn't matter what your political persuation, Monday night was a time-wasting Obama bash. Rather feeble at that.

    June 15, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. EYE OF NEWT

    Noooooo! I don't understand why Sarah isn't polling higher. (You would think pollsters calling land lines would lead to more dumb people being called. Sarah should be able to ride that to victory.....What's going on?) Are they calling cell phones?

    "Run, Sarah, Run!" Don't let the Michelles (Bachman and Obama) steal what is rightfully yours!

    Also, take a hint from Pawlenty, and stop call it "Obamacare." Start calling it "Romney Helping People Care." republicans will love that! I mean they'll hate that. Aw, you know what I mean!!!!

    June 15, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. chris24

    i'm for the tea-gagger with the fake eyelashes.

    what a field of political stars the republicans have.
    not a winner in the bunch.

    June 15, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. jeff

    Santorum looks more evil than rest of the republican morons.

    June 15, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Linda

    Mitt Romney made his millions by putting Americans out of work! He has probably has destroyed more American jobs than anyone. He would buy up companies and force them into bankruptcy , so everyone there lost their jobs. Do your own research to see how this joker is not the one to bring jobs- he has made multi millions by forcing people out of work.

    June 15, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. JOE

    What these republican candidates don't seem to realize is that the term "President of the United States" refers to governing for all race, all religion, all creed and every state within the union. No, the term doesn't mean governing for red states or for rich over middle class and poor but it means governing for all of the people. I believe that was the idea behind our constitution when the Founding Fathers wrote our constitution in 1776. But what is unfortunate is that the Republican Party also realizes that you can still win the Presidency even if you campaign for only an elite few of the American society because the American people are easily influenced by propaganda and lies and by racism and bigotry.

    June 15, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. JohnRJohnson

    I don't understand why Palin is even included in these polls.

    She's NEVER going to run for office again. Especially, president.

    She will never expose herself to that kind of scrutiny and humiliation again.

    In the meantime, she will continue to make millions giving pointless speeches, having other people write her books for her, rewriting American history, and appearing in cameos on FOX News.

    At this point, anybody who still supports Sarah Palin should immediately check into the nearest de-tox center.

    June 15, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. jeff

    If tax cuts for the rich would create jobs. why did we loose millions of jobs after Bush tax cut for big businesses..

    June 15, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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