(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.