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Toplines - 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Election - December 8, 2009

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Pennsylvania Survey of 1,200 Likely Voters

Conducted December 8, 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?

27% Strongly approve

23% Somewhat approve

10% Somewhat disapprove

38% 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?

11% Strongly approve

28% Somewhat approve

21% Somewhat disapprove

38% Strongly disapprove

2% Not sure

3* 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Race

Pat Toomey (R)

46%

Arlen Specter (D)

42%

Some other candidate

4%

Not sure

8%

4* 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Race

Pat Toomey (R)

44%

Joe Sestak (D)

38%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

13%

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.

Candidate for the PA Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Arlen Specter

16%

28%

15%

35%

6%

Pat Toomey

15%

36%

20%

9%

19%

Joe Sestak

11%

25%

26%

12%

26%

6* 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?

23% Strongly favor
21% Somewhat favor

12% Somewhat oppose

41% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

7* Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option that people could choose instead of a private health insurance plan?

42% Favor
39% Oppose
18% Not sure

8*Suppose that the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers. Workers would then be covered by the government option. Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option if it encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers?

24% Favor
62% Oppose
14% Not sure

9* Overall, how would you rate President Obama’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan…Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

8% Excellent
27% Good
32% Fair
31% Poor
2% Not sure

10* Do you favor or oppose the President’s proposal to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan?

51% Favor
33% Oppose
16% Not sure

11* Do you favor or oppose the President’s commitment to a timetable that would begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in 18 months? (dec 2-3)

46% Favor
41% Oppose
12% Not sure

12* Overall, do you favor or oppose President Obama’s new plan for the war in Afghanistan?

35% Favor
40% Oppose
25% Not sure

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