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Toplines - Pennsylvania Senate - August 16, 2010

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Pennsylvania Survey of 750 Likely Voters

Conducted August 16, 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?

      

       26% Strongly approve

       17% Somewhat approve

       11% Somewhat disapprove

       45% 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

       26% Somewhat approve

       29% Somewhat disapprove

       31% Strongly disapprove

         1% Not sure

 

3* 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Race

                                                                                                                                                         
 

Initial Preference

 
 

Pat Toomey (R)

 
 

Joe Sestak (D)

 
 

Some other   candidate

 
 

Not sure

 
 

August   16, 2010

 
 

46%

 
 

37%

 
 

5%

 
 

12%

 
 

July   28, 2010

 
 

45%

 
 

39%

 
 

6%

 
 

10%

 
 

July   14, 2010

 
 

45%

 
 

38%

 
 

6%

 
 

12%

 
 

June   29, 2010

 
 

45%

 
 

39%

 
 

6%

 
 

11%

 
 

June   2, 2010

 
 

45%

 
 

38%

 
 

5%

 
 

12%

 
 

May   19, 2010

 
 

42%

 
 

46%

 
 

3%

 
 

9%

 
 

May   6, 2010

 
 

42%

 
 

40%

 
 

10%

 
 

9%

 
 

Apr   12, 2010

 
 

47%

 
 

36%

 
 

5%

 
 

12%

 
 

Mar   15, 2010

 
 

42%

 
 

37%

 
 

7%

 
 

15%

 
 

Feb   8, 2010

 
 

47%

 
 

38%

 
 

5%

 
 

10%

 

 

                           
 

With Leaners

 
 

Pat Toomey (R)

 
 

Joe Sestak (D)

 
 

Some   Other Candidate

 
 

Not   Sure

 
 

August 16, 2010

 
 

48%

 
 

40%

 
 

3%

 
 

9%

 

 

                       
 

Certain of Your Vote

 
 

Certain

 
 

Not   Certain

 
 

No   Initial Preference

 
 

August 16, 2010

 
 

56%

 
 

44%

 
 

0%

 

 

 

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

 
 

Pat   Toomey

 
 

23%

 
 

33%

 
 

18%

 
 

12%

 
 

14%

 
 

Joe   Sestak

 
 

16%

 
 

28%

 
 

26%

 
 

18%

 
 

12%

 

 

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


  2% Excellent
  5% Good
30% Fair
61% Poor
  1% Not sure

 

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

       22% Better
       54% Worse
       20% About the same
         4% Not sure

 

7* Is the United States currently in a recession?


       70% Yes
       15% No

       15% Not sure

 

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence