August 26th, 2010
11:57 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Just 3 in 10 Pennsylvanians say state on right track

(CNN) - A new survey of Pennsylvania voters indicates they are very pessimistic about where their state is headed. And that could spell trouble for Democrats trying to hold onto a U.S. Senate seat and the Keystone state's governor's office in this November's elections.

According to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvanians released Thursday, just three out of ten people say their state is headed in the right direction, a 15 year low, while nearly six in ten say the state's headed on the wrong track.

The survey indicates that 37 percent of Pennsylvania voters rate President Barack Obama's performance in office as either good or excellent, with 35 percent rating his handling of his duties as poor.

Thirty-seven percent of Democrats questioned say they are likely to vote in the November elections. That number rises to 45 percent for Republicans surveyed.

The poll indicates that among those likely to vote in the midterms, Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey leads Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee, 40 percent to 31 percent, with just over one in four undecided. When widened to the larger pool of registered voters, Toomey holds a smaller 31 to 28 percent advantage, with nearly four in ten undecided.

Both Sestak, a former Navy admiral and two-term congressman from southeastern Pennsylvania, and Toomey, a former congressman and former head of The Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, are battling to succeed Sen. Arlen Specter. The five term senator switched from the Republican to Democratic party last year, but was defeated by Sestak in the May primary.

In the race to succeed term limited Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, the poll indicates Republican nominee Tom Corbett leads Democratic nominee Dan Onorato by 11 points, with more than three in ten likely voters undecided. When widened to registered voters, Corbett's margin over Onorato shrinks to one.

The Franklin and Marshall College Poll was conducted August 16-23, with 485 registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percent for registered voters and plus or minus 5.4 percent for likely voters.

Filed under: 2010 • Pennsylvania • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let them have the Republicans and when they get them, I don't want to hear a peep about their plight.

    August 26, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Lib Hunter

    see ya later Dems. Imam Obama will be the quickest president to reach lame duck status. COUNT ON IT!!!

    August 26, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Denny

    Republicans cannot obstruct anything. Democrats control the house, senate and white house. But I've never heard any democrat answer to this fact. They dismiss it every time it is brought up as if it isn't so. Will some democrat pleeeaaase address this.

    August 26, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Scott in Atlanta

    Wasn't it the AFL-CIO that helped Hannity keep his radio station job some years back when he was saying some controversial things? He didn't complain about them then. I guess when YOU need them they're great. When you don't, they're the GREAT SATAN!

    August 26, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. jim

    Why should this state be any different than the rest of the country?Obama has been a terrible disaster for the nation.

    August 26, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    The choices in November couldn't be more clear. It's either the party of "YES WE CAN", at least try to do something, or the party of "NO WE CAN'T", or as it should now be known, the GOBP.

    August 26, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Scott in Atlanta August 26th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

    Can you do a poll asking how many Americans think we're on the wrong track due to replublicans obstructing progress?


    Scott – I would LOVE to see a poll like that but you WON'T here or anywhere else!!! The goal is to PRAISE the RepubliCAN'Ts and make them feel they are right with their hate and obstructionist ways!! Palin gets PRAISED for endorsing racist/bigots/haters/obstructionist!!!

    @usualone – I say the SAME THING – when am I and others who 'resemble me' going to participate in a poll??? Oh that's right, I work during the day and/or my 'zip code' is out of their area!!

    August 26, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Laura, Boston

    @lil Vote the republican out and maybe the congress can get something done.

    I hate to inform you but right now you have a democratic governor and a democratic senator and yet nothing is geting done...maybe you need to put in a republican governor and a republican senator and something will get done..

    I orginally posted this at 1:11 is now 2:35 and still awaiting moderation (whatever that means)

    August 26, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. kelly

    This president only seems to be concered if you are an illegal or if you are a Muslim.

    August 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. jim

    But the best thing about PA is that Ed Rendell is the Governor and he's Obama 's pal .That ought to account for something.Maybe Obama will slip him a few bucks under the table just to help out.You know just between friends !!!

    August 26, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. David in West Virginia

    When are the people going to stop fooling themselves. Can't they read the playbook at Wall Street Executives and the Republican Party. Let me speak it for them: "Let's create an economic disaster for the Obama Administration, get elected, and THEN allow for an economic recovery, after we reduce the taxes for the rich and destroy any chance for an energy or healthcare policy for those in need!

    August 26, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Larry

    Funny that liberals blame the minority party for today's ills. Read the tea leaves – Dems are in control of Congress and the WH and people don't like what's happened since the multi-million dollar inauguration bash.
    Oh, and if you complain you were not included in the poll – learn how polling works before you speak.

    August 26, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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