Poll: Pennsylvania turns on Obama
August 2nd, 2011
11:44 AM ET
7 years ago

Poll: Pennsylvania turns on Obama

(CNN) - President Barack Obama handily defeated Sen. John McCain in Pennsylvania in 2008, but a new poll offers an early glimpse into the minds of Keystone State voters – and it's not pretty for the President.

Pennsylvania voters disapprove of President Obama by a 54 to 43 percent margin, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Perhaps more strikingly, 52 percent of Pennsylvanians say the president does not deserve to be re-elected.

Yes, the same president who received 55 percent of the Keystone State's votes less than three years ago.

Forty-four percent of respondents said that if the 2012 presidential election were held today, they would choose former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Just 42 percent said they'd vote for President Obama. When the question was asked on June 15, Obama held a 47 to 40 point lead.

Romney is the only one who appears to have an edge over Obama in the new poll. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is within two points of Obama, 45 to 43 percent; Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is down eight points, 47 to 39 percent; and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has yet to formally enter the race, trails Obama by six points, 45 to 39 percent.

The poll was conducted by telephone with 1,358 registered voters from July 25-31 and has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. MikeB

    And if the election were held today, today would be election day.

    August 2, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. BinFL

    The Tea Party (AKA Repubs) trickery is alive and well! Now, with this debt ceiling debaucle we saw first hand what the 2010 elections did to this country...we elected hostage takers whose only goal is to take down this President. You would think that people would see through this by now but, according to this poll, guess it ain't so. As an Obama supporter, I certainly am a bit disappointed that he couldn't get revenues out of the deal, but raising the debt ceiling has never been an isue before, so why now? Why did these Tea Partiers come out right after Obama was elected. He wasn't even in office a month before they started screaming...give me a break!! Well, I guess it's true that we are a dumb downed society and can't handle having an intelligent President. What a shame!!!

    August 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Ouch... that's got to hurt, huh leftys? I feel your pain. Really... I really, really do.

    August 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. inofritzn

    Liberalism is meeting it's maker..... again.

    August 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. AqW

    President Obama,
    This is a serious sign to recognize some deficiencies in your leadership style and it is time to fortify yourself by being more persuasive, assertive and increase your communication with the American people. You still have time to take over the GOP spoilt brats, but not in this way.

    August 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Ohio man

    Funny.. and I'm sure those same people are the 1's that voted these Tea party people into office, and now mad that nothing can get done in washingtong without them getting there way. 4get the American people the tea party runs washington and they can careless about the American people they just want to prove a point because you can't name 1 thing the Tea Party has done since they have taken office to "HELP" the American people .. name 1 thing???? i'm waiting tic toc .. tic toc ...

    August 2, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. AZ DEM

    Its really easy to make a bold claim with a survey that sampled less than 2000 people...either way Obama's approval is declining because many of his supporters are tired of feeling like they voted for a change and are being robbed of it at every turn by the Republicans...now if people thing Romney will do a better job he will become president however I and many others who WERE NOT surveyed believe that Barack Obama is the best man for the job and when given a choice between going forward with Obama or regressing with Romney I'm sure we will be able to keep Obama in office to finish the job he was elected to do.

    August 2, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    The people of Pennslyvania (except for when it comes to sports) are reasonable people. By the time whoever the tea party lets the GOP nominate presnet him/herself in the general election Penn will be as blue as a Maine blueberry in late August. Sorry Tea Party, go pedal your crazy somewhere else.

    August 2, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. gmh

    Let's vote in a Republican and see how much more we can give the rich.....For now, I have enough to eat and I can pay my bills but I am willing to sacrifice to help them become more wealthy. It's the least I can do.....

    August 2, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Phil

    Not one Republican will I vote for next year ! Democrats you are not much better ! There is no way this deal will reduce this countrys debt . The spending on defence , and outher project that eat up most of the tax money were not cut . Big oil still gets tax brakes . Where did you cut education , programs for the people who are out of work . Head start . Yep you sure do want this country to move forward .

    August 2, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Ohio man

    People need to understand that the Midterm elections are serious, no1 ever seems to care when its time to vote during that time, but I bet they will next time as the same people that were screaming JOBS JOBS JOBS are the same people that are getting scammed now and if they can't see that then we are in a world of trouble, how do you create jobs when all they are doing is cutting everything except things from the rich & Corp. … oh sorry they are giving the rich a tax break/cut and no jobs have came from that as you can see. Vote next time and pay attention and do your research about all these people

    August 2, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Sandy

    Let them vote for Republicans and see what they get.

    August 2, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. B

    AZ dem: i have seen "progressing" forward with obama and our country is at the brink of collapse. I think I'll choose to go back where we were when our country was a thiriving model of success that the rest of the world envied.

    August 2, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Hmmmmmmmm.... "President Romney" has a nice ring to it

    August 2, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I'm sure we will be able to keep Obama in office to finish the job he was elected to do.
    which was to "fundamentally change America" I believe. Seems most of America is not interested in his socialist vision of the future. I hope Obama didn't lease out his Chicago house beyond Jan. 2013 because he's going to need it back!

    August 2, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Bob in Pa

    You must be polling in Phili and Pittsburgh only. Get outside the major cities and you will find it is more like 80 – 20

    August 2, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. phoozba

    I'm a registered Independent (I change my registration during primary season to fit my voting needs since an independent cannot vote in primaries). I voted for Obama, I am disappointed in his leadership, however unless the republicans field someone that is not so right leaning, I will vote for Obama again. Therefore, while the polls may reflect disappointment, don't be too assured that he couldn't win Pennsylvania.

    BTW: I love Lemon. He seems to be a straight talker, rather than someone that does "talking points" and rather than someone that lets "talking heads" blather half-truths - he calls them on their "crap." Keep up the good work Lemon!

    August 2, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Oh P'shaw in Californi'aw

    Like the rest of the country, Pennsylvania now realizes it's been conned and lied to, and is set to throw the bum out!

    August 2, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    yeah and the polls also said that a majority of Americans favored shared sacrifice and raising taxes on the upper 2% too and we see how well that all went. Polls only please those when they get the answers that favor their opinion. If the election were tomorrow, then problem for the president...the GOP has plenty of time to screw the American people more before election time next year.

    August 2, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Mike

    I'm so disgusted with the way this whole debt ceiling fiasco was handled that no one out there desreves my vote, an dI mean no one! Until both sides can conduct their business amicably, our country will continue to be the laughing stock in the eyes of the world.

    August 2, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. New Age Independant

    It's not surprising really. Radical liberals have crushed any chance that Obama could succeed. The failure of his economic policies are not something that the Democrats can simply deflect to the Republicans anymore.

    August 2, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Big deal. It's August 2011. Once the GOP nominates their religion-based, corporate shill of a candidate, PA will go Democratic as it did in 2008.

    August 2, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. jilli

    Yeah, temper-tantrum knee-jerk voting worked out so well the last time...just ask the good folks in WI, OH, FL, MI...

    August 2, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. S. In California

    The truth is our president has got to decide what is more important – being viewed as an angry black man or asserting some REAL authority. My guess is there are many who want him to become "an angry black man". He has got to stop appeasing this tea party trash. While it is still too early for polling – people are looking for a leader and he has got to step it up. He's a very smart, charismatic man but we are in a crisis and it is no time for pep talks and soft spoken voices.

    August 2, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    "the GOP has plenty of time to screw the American people more before election time next year."
    Do you understand the term "trend"? Obama and the dem's favorability numbers have been trending DOWN since he took office. That was made perfectly clear in November 2010.

    August 2, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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