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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER PUBLIC OPINION POLL (PRESENTED BYSUSQUEHANNA BANK) REVEALS MAJORITY OF PENNSYLVANIAVOTERS SUPPORT NEW VOTER ID LAW IN THE KEYSTONE STATE
Post-Convention Data Indicates Obama Leading Romney By 11 Points In Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA, September 15, 2012 – In a new
Public Opinion Poll, presented by Susquehanna Bank and published this morning, 600 likely Presidential year voters acrossPennsylvania provided revealing results about Pennsylvania’s highly publicized new voter ID law.The poll, conducted September 9 through September 12, indicated that 80% of voters are familiar withthe issue, including 41% who said they are very familiar. Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania voters arein favor of the new law, with 65% in support and 32% opposing it. The law is supported by 85% of Republicans and 72% of Independents. Democrats are more likely to oppose the law, with 51%reporting they disapprove and 46% reporting their approval. When asked if the new law will makevoting difficult this year, 5% of the voters polled said the law will make voting difficult for them thisyear, while 94% said it will not make it difficult.The post-convention surge that is often anticipated by both political parties in polling data appears tocurrently benefit President Barack Obama, who leads Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney by 11 points among likely voters in the Keystone State, 50% to 39%, with a margin of error +/- 4%.Pennsylvania Democrats are more consolidated behind Obama, with 77% in favor of Obama and 13%in favor of Romney, while Republicans are 18% in favor of Obama and 71% in favor of Romney.The voters provided their opinion of the President, with a 56% favorable/40% unfavorable rating.Following the conventions, Obama’s favorability rating has increased by 3 points, while hisunfavorable rating has decreased by 6 points. Opinions of Romney have improved slightly followingthe conventions, but he still has a net negative personal popularity rating among voters in state, with46% favorable/48% unfavorable rating. The poll surprisingly revealed that 35% of voters who viewedthe Republican National Convention report that they are less likely to vote for Mitt Romney as a resultof the convention, while 26% of viewers report that they are more likely to vote for the RepublicanPresidential candidate. The results following the Democratic National Convention are more positive,with 38% of the convention’s viewers reporting that they are more likely to vote for Obama, and 22%reporting that they are less likely to vote for the President.Pennsylvania voters participating in the poll were asked if they can correctly identify Obama’s religion.The results revealed that only 29% of likely voters correctly identified the President’s religion asProtestant, while 12% said the President is a Muslim and 31% said they do not know. Among thosevoters who believe the President is a Muslim, 30% said they are “comfortable” with Obama’s religion,while 56% said they are “uncomfortable.”“The Inquirer Public Opinion Poll resulted in data that provides our readers with important andrevelatory insights into how Pennsylvania voters view the new ID law and, once again, their perspectiveon the Presidential race,” said
Editor Bill Marimow.