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Toplines - 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Election - April 12, 2010

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Pennsylvania Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters

Conducted April 12, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly\

approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been

doing?

29% Strongly approve

17% Somewhat approve

12% Somewhat disapprove

42% Strongly disapprove

1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Ed Rendell has been doing as Governor… do you strongly

approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been

doing?

13% Strongly approve

29% Somewhat approve

24% Somewhat disapprove

32% Strongly disapprove

2% Not sure

3* 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Race

Apr 12, 2010

Mar 15, 2010

Feb 8, 2010

Pat Toomey (R)

50%

49%

47%

Arlen Specter (D)

40%

40%

38%

Some other candidate

4%

5%

5%

Not sure

6%

7%

10%

Apr 12, 2010

Mar 15, 2010

Feb 8, 2010

Pat Toomey (R)

47%

42%

47%

Joe Sestak (D)

36%

37%

38%

Some other candidate

5%

7%

5%

Not sure

12%

15%

10%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the PA Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Arlen Specter

16%

26%

21%

33%

4%

Pat Toomey

18%

36%

19%

10%

18%

Joe Sestak

10%

28%

27%

12%

22%

5* Will the health care plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama be good for the country or bad for the country?

36% Good
53% Bad
2% No impact
9% Not sure

6* A proposal has been made to repeal the health care bill and stop it from going into effect. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a proposal to repeal the health care bill?

47% Strongly favor
13% Somewhat favor
9% Somewhat oppose
28% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

7* The health care plan passed by Congress would require every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Do you Strongly Favor, Somewhat Favor, Somewhat Oppose, or Strongly Oppose a federal law that requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance?

24% Strongly favor
17% Somewhat favor
13% Somewhat oppose
42% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure

8*Some people believe a federal law requiring every American to buy or obtain health insurance is unconstitutional. Some states have announced that they will sue the federal government to fight that requirement. Would you favor or oppose having your state sue the federal government to prevent it from becoming law?

47% Favor
39% Oppose

14% Not sure

9* When you think about the major issues facing the country, whose views are closest to your own President Barack Obama or the average tea party member?

40% President Barack Obama
47% The average Tea Party member
14% Not sure

10* How concerned are you that those opposed to President Obama’s policies will resort to violence?

20% Very concerned
26% Somewhat concerned
27% Not very concerned
23% Not at all concerned
5% Not sure

11*Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

1% Excellent

7% Good

41% Fair

50% Poor
1% Not sure

12* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

36% Better

37% Worse

21% About the same
6% Not sure

13* Should offshore oil drilling be allowed?

69% Yes
12% No
19% Not sure

14* President Obama has proposed allowing more offshore drilling in some areas. However, drilling will not be permitted off the coasts of California and the New England states. Should offshore oil drilling be permitted off the coasts of California and the New England states?

49% Yes
26% No
25% Not sure

15* Should individual states have the right to ban drilling off their own coastlines?

43% Yes
36% No
22% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence