Poll: Pennsylvania turns on Obama
August 2nd, 2011
11:44 AM ET
3 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. Ozzie

    Miidle Calss folks, don'y stay stupid. You've been duped once. You elected people who have not submitted a jobs bill, who do not want to extend your unemployment benefits, who do not want your children to attend college, who could care less about help for returning veterans, who want to fix your medicare benefits, who prefer to help the wealthy, who are homo-phobic through and through, who fully believe that you will not be able to figue out that they do not like you. You are not part of their America. You've been fooled. Time to wake up, my friends.

    August 2, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Erik S.

    Why is it a surprise that people don;t want him re-elected? It's going to be a close race with Romney taking it.

    August 2, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Obama and the dem's favorability numbers have been trending DOWN since he took office"

    That's what always happens to every President. Then it fluctuates p and down here and there, which is exactly what has happend to Obama's approval rating. Obama still hasn't passed below 40% or anywhere near 30%, which both Reagan and Clinton did and still got re-elected...and he is relatively safely above 40% right now, despite the Teatrolls and GOP doing everything they can to try to demoralize Dem voters in hopes they can suppress their votes by getting them to stay home out of disappointment and disillusionment. You confirmation bias affirmation mantra posts are really pretty ridiculous. There's a lot of time between now and Nov 2012...anything can happen...but failing to recognize that the GOP has taken the lion's share of the blame for the ideological debt ceiling gridlock temper tantrum, not to mention the horrifying precedent they just set with it, would be a huge mistake. They may have been able to damage Obama and the Dems with it, but polls are showing they took more damage. They really REALLY better hope that their strategy of trying to dishearten Dems to suppress their turnout works.

    August 2, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Why are people so willing to vote against their own interests? I know people who swear that tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans will reduce their own taxes.
    They will swear that cutting state budgets and taxes saves them money. They do not realize that local governments simply raise taxes and revenue through creative legislation. My favorite is annual garbage pick-up fees.

    August 2, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Don't count Barack Obama out just yet. He'll run on his lengthy record of achievement over his 4 years in office. On second thought, he's pretty well screwed.

    August 2, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. And this means ??

    Obama has supposedly screwed up this badly, and Romney's only up by 2 points? Wait until Penn. voters know more about Romney. I think phoozba summed it up pretty well – Obama's been disappointing, but a GOP would be a full-on disaster.

    August 2, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. MTATL67

    I am not buying this story. After the behavior of the Republican Party embracing an extremist group and nearly shutting down the government. If the people of Pennsylvania want to vote for extremists who do not give a damn about America as a whole that is their right. If they want to vote for a Party that has not passed one single piece of legislation to improve the country that is their right. I pray to God that the rest of us in the country will have enough sense not to elect a supporter of that Anti-American extremist group to the White House

    August 2, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Caron

    Frankly, I am absolutely sick and tired of the GOP a/k/a teabaggers running this country into the ground and then blaming Obama and the Democrats for everything. When Bush was up for re-election I said, Let the GOP win a second time because they aren't going to take responsibility for the disasterous consequences of their flawed policies unles they have a full eight years of controlling every branch of government. But guess what. They couldn't take responsibility for the great recession, or the national debt, or the war, or anything else - even after 8 years of controlling things. These people are freaking mentally ill and their bigotry, their hatred, and their support for the rich is destroying this country. But they will always find a way to blame someone else instead of taking responsibility.

    August 2, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Peter s

    For the last 2 years what this administration was busy doing is apeasing the pathological narcissism from the far left! their delusion is totally divorced from the reality on the ground.

    August 2, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. B

    It is amazing how fast Americans change direction from one extreme to another!

    August 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. vet in texas

    in 2008, 137 million Americans voted, in 2010, 97 million voted. That means that every single right leaning independent, every tea partier, every devout conservative went to the polls.......not every democrat went thus the 40 million difference. when whomever of the current crop of GOP candidates are decided, that will motivate the 40 million to do everything they can to keep them out. Non of them are capable of leading as that they all have the same exact talking points and plans which definitely means that they can't lead. The more they talk, the more they motivate the missing 40 million from 2008.

    August 2, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. John

    How are the Jobs you are Getting , That right they haven't done Nothing about that have they. But you keep hearing the Democrats keep saying they what they need to do next. Did you that any Democrats signing any Pledge to any group of People. You people need to wise up , the Republican are not going to do anything but protect the RICH AND BIG BUSINESS and LIE to you. If this Is what you want than go ahead and vote to ruin America by voting for a Republican or even worse for a Tea Party People. If that the case America will be destroy for sure. One other You People got to understand that the Republican have flat out refuse to do anything to help the President ,all the Republican and the Tea Party have done Is say NO or Complain. You People In Congress and the Senate to the People who what to help the 98% of American People, Instead of the People who only want to work for the 2% of American People. The choose Is Your ,just make the right one.

    August 2, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. sf

    just shows you how stupid independent voters can be! especially in states like PA. they're the type of people that bring this type of mess to our country. It isn't our president that needs to be removed, it's THE RIGHT WING PARTY OUT OF CONGRESS AND THE SENATE! nothing positive can be done because they're sitting there crying and ranting like babies and of course being racist! this garbage about it's a "spending issue" is ridiculous. Well here's a simple question for you idiot Teabaggers..how do you pay your bills without any revenue?!!!!! ya, that's what i thought! YOU KEEP GIVING THE RICH MORE AND MORE MONEY AND THEY DO NOT SPEND IT ON JOBS! i work in corporate and i can guarantee you i'm doing the work of 5 people! you people on the right need serious help.

    August 2, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. sf

    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.

    First of all, not everyone knows about mid term elections, so that's the only reason you were able to get your tea party candidates elected...WE WILL GET THEM OUT IN 2012!!!

    and the trend is, republicans cry like b*&ches when they don't get their way, they get in office and DESTROY THE COUNTRY...that's their mission/agenda. Look at the facts, they spend spend spend, and then cause huge deficits and outta control spending, and then blame it on the dem and send in their war mongors to destroy whatever Dem is in office...this time it's a black man, and god forbid they see a black POTUS. They puke at the idea! NO MORE REPUBS IN OFFICE!

    August 2, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Jane

    "Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is within two points of Obama, 45 to 43 percent;"
    Pennsylvanians, you couldn't have forgotten this guy this quickly. We certainly can't afford for the country to step that much further to the far right, Santorum would have us all fall off the edge of his flat earth. We need to move this country back to the center, which will take more than a few steps to the left.

    August 2, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Martha in CF

    I don't care what party you are in, Obama is not to blame for this mess.........Surplus money given to Bush 2 was dwindled away, unfunded wars(not needed), tax cuts which has also reeked havoc onmoney needed to run this country. Be prepared Americans-you won't be able to run to the government if you are flooded out of your home, a tornado shows its revenge on your community, etc, etc. We all need to work as Americans to help one another in time of crisis-sometimes this does not take a lot of money to do...................

    August 2, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Lolo

    Only Pa. Get real. This poll does not mean a thing.

    August 2, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Fair is Fair.....
    when is the last time you checked the favorability polls there pal? The Republicans sit at a low 28% last time I saw it..lower than Obama, lower than the Democrats and they are taking the Tea Party right down with them. I read and check things out before I comment...I don't need FoxNews talking points to do so either. And I really don't see why you Republicans and right wingers dislike Obama so much...heck he gives you everything you want come big bill time!

    August 2, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Obama isn't to be re-elected, then so be it but electing a Repub/tea bagger is death to America and the rest of the World will turn their backs.

    August 2, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    @fair is fair are you also unbalanced like faux news? This whole mess was started by the idiot seniors/teatards and those who believed that the rethugs really cared about beinging jobs backnforbthe middle classninstead of seeing thebtea baggers for whomnthey really are. All they care about ismto maken the President look bad. It seems that a log of fools still believd in th oartynof HELL NO and stay away from my medicare and ss butnthey voted for those whose only mission is to screw them and the middle class!

    August 2, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. R.I.P. Damon

    The writing is on the wall: the POTUS is in big trouble. Many of those independent and swing state votes that got Obama into the White House are not going to go his way again come next November. The MSM will have to double its efforts from 2008 if he has any hope at all of getting re-elected.

    August 2, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. king

    hey i am tired of these ediotic people who cannot see what really taking place right in front of their eyes, i would no be angry if obama and lose and him giving this country back to these people, atleast he can take his family somewhere and have a better life than the stress these unrational people likes to put him in. the repugs with their big corporate sponsor will do this country in for sure. their is no way this president can fight for the people who are the most to throw him out. lets brace for another 2010 election folks.

    August 2, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Ohio man

    @ Fair is Fair
    .. No whats clear is the BIG lie the GOP/ tea party did in 2010.. where are the JOBS you guys ran on? .. all you / them have done was made things worst and if you cant see that then you need to cut the light on .. as i said b4 .. name 1 thing the tea party has done to help the American people since getting into office.. name 1 thing ???? they have only cut cut cut . and we have been losing jobs every since they got in ..but thats there plan because they hope that will make Obama look bad if the JOB market does not improve. you and a few are the only 1's that think things are getting better.. thats the sad part

    August 2, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Sarah Palin will be our next and greatest President. She will easily win Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, California, Indiana, and all the major swing states in a major landslide victory. This country needs President Palin for she will completely fix all that is wrong with our government. She will bring real change to this country and nobody can stop her. She is our savior and messiah.

    August 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. The Other Michael in Houston

    I love these polls, not! What a waste of time. First off did you poll 2000 people in Philly or Pittsburg? I'd be willing to bet the Obama rating is 80% or higher in Philly and Pittsburg probably about 30%. These are the same polls that said Hillary was blowing Obama off the map, these are the same polls that sais McCain would win by 20%....yeah, yeah. There are still more of us who likes President Obama than more of you that hate the color of his skin. So unless he chooses to not run in 2012, he will be re-elected. There is not one confirmed nor potential candidate from the GOP that is making any offers to the American people that is different from G.W. Bush's policies. So unless the GOP has a plan to cut governement spending ALL the way around, not just Medicare and SS while raising revenue by closing the tax loops and ending the tax cuts for guys like me, who do not need it, fix our healthcare (NOT HEALTH INSURANCE) crisis, find a way to bring our immigration programs back to A-1 class status instead of trying to get rid of all the "brown" people and find a way to stop the gouging of the oil producing countries.......then you have no chance in 2012.

    August 2, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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