By Carole on Jul 19, 2010
A new poll shows the Pennsylvania Senate race going from the toss-up column to the leans-Republican category. Republican Pat Toomey now leads Democrat Joe Sestak by a 7 point margin (45% - 38%) and that's only part of the story. Virtually every indicator in the poll shows this perennial swing state is swinging right.
According to the poll:
- Only 8% of Pennsylvania voters rate the economy as good or excellent, while 49% view it as poor. While 26% believe the administration and say the economy is getting better, a whopping 46% believe it is getting worse.
- Regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), 61% of Pennsylvania voters favor repealing the obscenely expensive national health care bill (for which Representative Sestak voted). This includes 46% who strongly favor repeal and just 24% who strongly oppose it.
- On illegal immigration, 56% Pennsylvania voters disagree with the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging challenge Arizona's new law while only 31% support the suit.
- Along party lines, Mr. Toomey captures 78% of the GOP vote and 19% of Democrats, while Mr. Sestak gets just 62% support in his own party and voters not affiliated with either party prefer Mr. Toomey by a 2 to 1 margin.
- And perhaps most importantly as the upcoming elections are viewed by most experts as a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies and performance, only 45% of Pennsylvania voters approve of the job the president is doing in the White House compared to 54% who disapprove. (source)
In a related note, Mr. Toomey has picked up the endorsement of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGWPAC). In a just-released statement CCAGWPAC Chairman Tom Schatz says, "Pat Toomey is a proven leader in supporting limited government and eliminating excessive spending. Pat Toomey's voting record as a three-term member of the US House of Representatives demonstrates that he will always represent the best interests of the taxpayers." (source)
As the new poll demonstrates, the majority of Pennsylvania voters agree.
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