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³Toomey¶s lead among independents is why he is ahead. With only 7 percent of the likelyvoters undecided and another 14 percent who are for a candidate saying they might change their mind, the battle for the Senate seat appears likely to come down to a relatively small number of voters and in the final weeks expect the campaigns to target their messages for those undecidedand softly committed voters,´ Brown added.The candidates are evenly matched when it comes to voter opinion: By a 44 ± 31 percentmargin, voters have a favorable opinion of Toomey, while 23 percent don¶t know enough abouthim to form an opinion.Sestak gets a 44 ± 34 percent favorability, while 20 percent haven¶t formed an opinion.³Among likely voters, President Barack Obama is a drag on Sestak¶s candidacy,´ saidBrown. ³The president has a low approval rating and voters want their new senator to oppose,rather than support, the president¶s policies.´By 47 ± 41 percent, likely Pennsylvania voters say Toomey rather than Sestak shares their values. And 41 percent of all voters say ³shared values´ is the most important quality they seek in a candidate, while 25 percent cite the ability to bring change to Washington. Another 23 percent are looking for someone who is honest and trustworthy and 7 percent want the candidatewith the right experience.Pennsylvania likely voters are strongly negative on the federal health care overhaul passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last March. By 59 ± 34 percent, including63 ± 32 percent among independents, they give the plan thumbs down.On the war in Afghanistan likely voters say the United States is doing the right thingfighting there, 49 ± 42 percent. Support for the Obama policy is stronger among Republicans,who back the war 61 ± 29 percent, while Democrats oppose it 56 ± 37 percent. Independentssupport the war by a narrow 49 ± 44 percent.From September 15 ± 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 684 Pennsylvania likelyvoters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and thenation as a public service and for research.
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