September 30th, 2010
02:31 PM ET
12 years ago

New poll indicates Sestak within reach of Toomey

(CNN) - Pennsylvania may be in for a nail-biter in November, according to the results of a new poll released Thursday.

Republican nominee Pat Toomey is leading Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat's nominee, 45 percent to 42 percent among likely voters in the Keystone State's race for Senate, according to a Susquehanna Polling and Research survey conducted for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Toomey's three-point lead falls within the margin of error.

The poll portrays a tighter race than a spate of other recent polls have indicated. Toomey held a five-point advantage in a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last week, a seven-point margin in recent surveys from Quinnipiac University and Muhlenberg College, and a nine point lead in a recent Franklin and Marshall College poll.

Sestak, a two term congressman and former Navy admiral, leads Toomey, a former congressman, among independent voters by a 41 to 30 percent margin, according to Susquehanna's survey.

The news does not appears to be as good for President Obama, who fundraised for Sestak earlier this month. Only 41 percent of Pennsylvanians approve of the job he's doing, while 49 percent said they disapprove of his work.

The survey of 800 likely Pennsylvania voters was conducted by telephone from Sept. 23-26, and has a sampling error of plus/minus 3.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. James Cunningham

    I suggest CNN writers and pro-Democrat commentators take a close look at Mr. Rasmussen's poll if they want a taste of reality. The above polls are quoted by you because that margin is what CNN wants it to be, not what it really is! Stop drinking your ideological Kool Aid. It is blurring your vision!

    September 30, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Dale

    So we have polls showing a 3, 5, 7 or 9 point lead for Toomey. Touting the 3 point margin sounds a little biased.

    September 30, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. ronalde

    with the number of democrats in this state,if they all turn out and vote toomey has no chance,i know that toomey has no chance in western penna.

    September 30, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. vic, Nashville TN

    We thought tea party will work with republicans now we know republicans have to work with tea party. We want democrats and republicans work together on major issues. Now Republicans part of tea party so it won’t happen

    Tea party alienate us

    September 30, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    The difference in the POLL numbers only indicate that you should not believe them. They all tend to lean to the right anyway so if they say it's close – than Sestak must be winning!!!

    PA – Make SOME NOISE and get out the VOTE!!! VOTERS – do NOT believe the HYPE!!! The only way we can win is for everyone to get out there and VOTE!!!

    This is the real T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    September 30, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Bessy

    I sure hope the people in Pa. are smart enough NOT to elect Toomey. He is BIG BUSINESS all the way and will never try to help the middle and low income. In fact, he will vote to take away SS and Medicare benefits. Be very careful people of Pa. Toomey will only hurt you. His campaign ads are all proven to be lies. Check it out !

    September 30, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    America is waking up to reality. they are remembering 2001 -2008 and saying – "we won't go back"
    Do we want lower taxes on the wealthy?
    Do we want another 400% increase in healthcare like we had during that period?
    More deregulation of banks,? the oil industry? Wall St.?
    Longer, more costly wars?
    I say no- and America is strating to realize the relaity of Republican in control in 2011

    September 30, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Moderate Sean

    Toomey is to Conservative for PA, if only they would just see this...he is another nut like Santorum!!

    September 30, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. stufit

    T'would be a shame if the Keystone state reinforces the Obama style politics of Oblivion by going for Sestak over Toomey. Of course that is another nearly bankrupt state with outrageous public section unions gobbling their tax dollars and the unions will do anything to make sure they stay in control.

    September 30, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Airdoc

    No one has been more accurate than Rasmussen and he still has Toomey ahead 49% to 41%. If it was as close as they say then why is the DNC stopping funding going into PA?

    September 30, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Dave

    Democrats ahead means "they are leading," Republicans ahead means they are "within reach"....

    The main stream media manipulations are within reach of the average American voters... who will have the last say in November!

    September 30, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Elections aren't over until all the votes are counted.

    September 30, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Sestak was a load of crap in the Navy so no wonder he's a democrat.

    September 30, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. AJStrata

    BWah-hahahaha. All of a sudden independents swing 20% towards Sestak when all other polls have the GOP leading with independents by 10%? Sure someone did not put the wrong results in the wrong column?

    Well, now all those disaffected Dems can stay home now – the independents will save Sestak!

    September 30, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Ken

    Maybe people are starting to come to their senses. Sestak is a true patriot. Iin normal times he would be a runaway winner, he has so much more to offer then Toomey. But unfortunatly these are not normal times. The teaparty are backing some strange people.
    Go Joe, our country needs good men like you!!!!

    September 30, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |