FOR RELEASE: FEBRUARY 17, 2011
OBAMA APPROVAL UP IN PENNSYLVANIA,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;CASEY HAS BIG JUMP, BUT MANY STILL DON¶T KNOW HIM
President Barack Obama¶s job rating among Pennsylvania voters is 51 ± 44 percent, his higheststanding in the Commonwealth since July 2009 when it was 56 ± 33 percent, according to aQuinnipiac University poll released today.
But Pennsylvania voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) Universitysurvey they oppose two of President Obama¶s key issues:
oters say 52 ± 40 percent that the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan;
oters say 48 ± 42 percent that Congress should repeal Obama¶s health care reform.Sen. Bob Casey Jr. has a 44 ± 24 percent approval rating, but even after four years inoffice, 31 percent of the state¶s voters are undecided about him. By 46 ± 28 percent, voters sayCasey deserves another term in office.³President Barack Obama¶s approval numbers are up substantially since December 16,when the Commonwealth¶s voters split 44 ± 43 percent on his job approval,´ said Peter A.Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. ³Obama¶s approvalrating has been going up nationally as well, and the 7-point jump in approval since December inthis pivotal swing state should be good news in the White House.´Obama¶s reversal is fueled in part by his improved standing among independent voters.In December, they split on his job performance 41 ± 42 percent; now they approve 50 ± 46 percent. Democrats now approve 81 ± 14 percent, compared to 72 ± 17 percent in December,while Republicans disapprove 80 ± 15 percent, compared to 75 ± 18 percent in December. Hisstrength is largely among women who give him a thumbs-up 55 ± 39 percent, while men split47 ± 49 percent.