Poll: Obama approval at all time low in crucial state
April 28th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Obama approval at all time low in crucial state

Washington (CNN) - Some new poll numbers out of Pennsylvania may not make President Barack Obama's re-election team jump for joy.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday indicates that 53 percent of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of the job the president's doing in the White House, with 42 percent saying they approve of how Obama's handling his duties.

The 42 percent approval rating for the president is an all time low for Obama in Quinnipiac polling in Pennsylvania. It's also a nine point drop from February, when 51 percent approved of the job the president was doing in office and 44 percent disapproved of how he was handling his duties.

According to the survey, by a 52 to 42 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters say Obama doesn't deserve a second term in office, and in a hypothetical 2012 general election showdown, the poll indicates Obama grabs 40 percent support, with 41 percent going to an unnamed Republican challenger.

Pennsylvania's considered a battleground or swing state. Democratic Sen. John Kerry carried it by three points in his 2004 election loss to President George W. Bush. Then Sen. Barack Obama won the state by ten points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. But Republicans had a strong showing in the state in last year's midterm elections, grabbing back the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and five House seats held by Democrats.

"President Barack Obama's re-election team has work to do in the Keystone State," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Although Pennsylvania has traditionally been a swing state, the size of his 2008 margin gave many observers the idea that it would not be a heavily contested state."

The survey indicates that the drop in support from independents may be behind the president's overall dive in his approval rating. Independent voters in Pennsylvania approved of the president by a 50 to 46 percent margin in February. Now they disapprove of Obama by a 57 to 37 percent margin.

"Whether President Obama's decline stems from rising gasoline prices, continued unhappiness with the economy overall, the war in Afghanistan and now the involvement in Libya, he can take solace from his ability to run a dead heat with a generic Republican despite his current standing with the Pennsylvania public. Perhaps this says as much about the popular view of the Republican field," adds Brown.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 19-25, with 1,366 registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Russ

    I used to live in PA. Notice I said used to. Got to be way too red neck, hypocritical and bible thumping for my taste so I moved. I found it so hard to believe how many of my friends and relatives that are struggling there turned to Republicans for answers. They are the ones being hurt or will be hurt the most by Republican policy but they blindly follow and vote for them. I feel sorry for them, but there's no way to change most of their one track minds. They have their God to save them, except I'm sorry to say, it's just a myth they hang on to.

    April 28, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Proud Independent

    Quote "I'm sure you're aware that Obama won by a landslide."

    That was 2 years ago, many things have changed. He'll be gone in 2012.


    Do you and your out-of-touch bitter right wing colleagues realize that nobody has the cajones to throw their hat in the ring against him. Palin talks. Romney talks. Trump talks (when he isn't busy obsessing over Obama's history). Talk is cheap.

    Obama 2012!

    April 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. usualone

    Some of us in PA were never polled so I don't know how scientific the poll was?

    April 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Russ

    To JOHN from PA that won't vote for Obama.......Umm, all the things you mention came as a result of the Bush administrations policies and mishandling of the ecomomy. Wake up and smell the coffee. And Palin was your second choice. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

    April 28, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. ST

    I think these voters will compare and contrast and see who is there for them. One doesn't kill the other one for what he did; but to what he didn't whith full explanation. The birther are willig to sucknall the air and leave the rest in horrible conditions.

    April 28, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. nclaw441

    If the media were doing some reporting on homelessness like they always do when a Republican is in office, and if the "war protesters" (actually just political hacks who hate conservatives) were protesting the same wars that existed when Bush was in office (and add Libya to boot), the polls for President Obama would be even worse.

    April 28, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Jess C

    The righties salivate over polls like these, don't they? The GOP continues to show it's stripes while the middle class takes the hits. Isn't it great to hear that CEO's, gas companies and Wall St. are all thriving? In the meantime, the GOP works on their social agenda and has done nothing to honor their promise of jobs? Yes, we'll certainly see who comes out stronger in 2012. The GOP refuses to take tax breaks away from the wealthy and gas companies and some of you blame Obama for high gas prices? Amazing!

    April 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. terry,va

    Don't worry Obummie. Your Black Panther buddies will close the polls to the white folks in Philadelphia and the voter count from the cities will be double the population in the cities.

    April 28, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. seriously???


    I’m from Pennsylvania and WILL NOT vote for Obama again, not hard to figure out why!....
    During which presidency did you experience prices of things going down? If the president had control of businesses hiring etc... don't you think they'd just turn the dial to 3% unemployment and keep it there? I guess you won't vote for Obama because you have ZERO understanding of how the world and our government works. You should spend some time thinking about who actually does the hiring in this country and ask yourself why companies are sitting on record profits but not hiring anyone? And why do your Republican buddies want to give tax breaks to the rich while squeezing the blood from the poor and middle class.

    April 28, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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