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Questions - Pennsylvania Senate - October 28, 2010

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Pennsylvania Survey of 750 Likely Voters

Conducted October 28, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports


1* If the 2010 election for United States Senate were held today would you vote for Republican Pat Toomey or Democrat Joe Sestak? (Please note that we split the survey to rotate the order of the candidate names, so while half will hear the Republican candidate first, the other half hears the Democrat mentioned first.)


50% Pat Toomey (R)

46% Joe Sestak (D)

  1% Some Other Candidate

  3% Not Sure


2* 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.


Pat Toomey

Joe Sestak


3*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?

4* When it comes to determining how you will vote, which is most important—the candidate’s position on issues or the candidate’s personal character?


5* Thinking about this year's elections - suppose that your vote determined which political party wins control of the U.S. Senate this year.  Would you vote for the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?


6* Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:  Despite good intentions, most major legislation passed by Congress does more harm than good?

7* Suppose you could vote this fall on whether to get rid of the entire Congress and start over again. Would you vote to keep the entire Congress or get rid of the entire Congress?

8* Generally speaking, when a state has budget problems, is it better to raise taxes or cut spending?

9*  Is there more negative political advertising this election year than in previous years, less negative political advertising, or is the level of negative advertising about the same?

10* Is it possible for a candidate to win an election without criticizing his opponent?

11* How would you rate your own personal finances these days?

12* Are your personal finances getting better these days, or worse?

13* Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party Movement?


14* 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?


15* 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?


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