February 11th, 2009
01:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Specter could face tough re-election fight

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/11/art.getty.arlen.specter.jpg caption="Forty-three percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday say Sen. Arlen Specter doesn't deserve to be re-elected."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new survey suggests Republican Sen. Arlen Specter could face a tough re-election fight.

Forty-three percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday say Specter doesn't deserve to be re-elected - 3 points higher than the 40 percent who feel Specter deserves to be re-elected. And in a sign that he could be in for a bruising primary if he faces a strong opponent, the poll indicates that Republican voters are split on whether Specter should be re-elected.

The poll does suggest a majority of Pennsylvania voters like the job Specter's doing: 56 percent of those polled approve of the way he's handling his duties as a senator, with Democrats giving Specter higher numbers than members of his own party. Sixty-two percent of Democrats questioned give Specter the thumbs up, 7 points higher than his approval rating among Republicans.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February 4-9, with 1,490 registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for the overall sample.

Filed under: Arlen Specter
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Tony

    I will contribute to his conservative opponent........

    February 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Jim-in-PA

    "Now that these three turncoats showed their true colors, what REALLY needs to happen is punishment within the Repub party. Strip them of any significant voting/chairing committees they sit on, a la Joe Lieberman's treatment in the Dem party. If they bail on the party now, what will they try to pull on other items????"

    Anyone who votes party before country should be voted.... OUT!!

    February 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Cm

    As an Independent I want to Thanks Senator Specter to work hard on the Stimulus bill, the other Republicans who choose to be just part of the problem and not part of the solution should feel ashamed.
    All the Republicans with the exception of Senator Specter, Snowe and Collins made a clear choice this time they put Party before Country, voters around the country we will not forget that.

    February 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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