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Toplines - 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Election - August 11, 2009

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Pennsylvania

Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters

Conducted August 11, 2009

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

22% Somewhat approve

12% Somewhat disapprove

35% Strongly disapprove

2% 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?

10% Strongly approve

29% Somewhat approve

22% Somewhat disapprove

38% Strongly disapprove

1% Not sure

3* In thinking about the 2010 Election for the United States Senate, suppose you had a choice between Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Arlen Specter. If the election were held today would you vote for Republican Pat Toomey or Democrat Arlen Specter?

48% Toomey

36% Specter

4% Some other candidate

12% Not sure

4* Okay, what if the Democrats nominated Joe Sestak…If the 2010 Election for the United States Senate were held today would you vote for Republican Pat Toomey or Democrat Joe Sestak?

43% Toomey

35% Sestak

5% Some other candidate

18% Not sure

5* 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.

First..... Arlen Specter

15% Very favorable

28% Somewhat favorable

18% Somewhat unfavorable

36% Very unfavorable

4% Not sure

6* Next Pat Toomey

13% Very favorable

41% Somewhat favorable

15% Somewhat unfavorable

11% Very unfavorable

19% Not sure

7* Last one Joe Sestak

8% Very favorable

32% Somewhat favorable

25% Somewhat unfavorable

11% Very unfavorable

24% Not sure


8* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

21% Strongly favor
21% Somewhat favor
12% Somewhat oppose
41% Strongly oppose
5% Not sure

9* How would rate the way that Ed Rendell has handled the state budget crisis….excellent, good, fair or poor?

4% Excellent

17% Good

27% Fair

48% Poor

4% Not sure

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