Obama Job Rating Hits New Low in Pennsylvania

Obama Job Rating Hits New Low in Pennsylvania

By Tom Bevan - April 28, 2011

As President Obama gears up for his 2012 re-election bid, a new poll of voters in Pennsylvania presents some ominous warning signs for the president.  A Quinnipac University poll of 1,366 registered Pennsylvania voters conducted last week shows Obama's job approval rating slipping to just 42 percent, an all time low, while 53 percent disapprove of the way the president is handling his job.

The finding represents a sharp decline in the president's standing in the Keystone State. Quinnipiac's last poll in Pennsylvania, taken just nine weeks ago in mid-February, showed 51 percent of voters approved of the job the President Obama is doing, while 44 percent disapproved. 

Perhaps even more concerning to Obama's campaign team is that for the first time a majority of Pennsylvania voters say President Obama does not deserve another term in the White House. Fifity two percent of voters -- including 56 percent of independents -- say Obama does not deserve re-election, while just 42 percent believe he does.

In 2008, Obama carried Pennsylvania by a comfortable 11-point margin over John McCain, 55 to 44. 

Pennsylvania voters appear particularly weary of America's military engagements. Sixty four percent said we "should not be involved" in the war in Afghanistan, while an even larger majority -- 68 percent -- said the same thing about our engagement in Libya. 

Additionally, 52 percent of those surveyed said Congress should "try and repeal the new health care law," while 40 percent responded Congress should "let it stand."

Lastly, Obama trails a generic Republican candidate by one point, 41 to 40, in a hypothetical 2012 match up in the Keystone State.

Peter Brown, Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac poll, said that President Obama can "take solace from his ability to run a dead heat with a generic Republican despite his current standing with the Pennsylvania public." But, Brown added, "Perhaps this says as much about the popular view of the Republican field.”

Tom Bevan is the co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics and the co-author of Election 2012: A Time for Choosing. Email:, Twitter: @TomBevanRCP

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