Independent pollster Scott Rasmussen has released new findings on both the Pennsylvania US Senate Race as well as President Obama's precipitous nose-dive in public approval.
In Pennsylvania, Republican Pat Toomey now leads Democrat Arlen Specter by 12%. If the election were held today, 48% would vote for Toomey, 36% would vote for Specter, 4% would vote for someone else, and 12% are undecided.
With the matchup of Toomey and Congressman Joe Sestak, Toomey nets 43% to Sestak’s 35%.
In June, Specter led Toomey by 12%. This is a rather dramatic reversal. Worse for Specter are his overall approval ratings. Only 43% of Pennsylvanians still have a favorable opinion of Specter and 54% have an unfavorable opinion. In June, Specter had a 53% favorability rating.
When you dig through the data, you find one commonality…the Healthcare Bill. Only 42% of Pennsylvanians support Obama-care. Specter has recently been thrust into the debate on the bill with his recent town hall meetings. The polling also found that 70% of Obama-care supporters also support Specter. 9% support Toomey. Of those that oppose Obama-care, 82% support Toomey and 9% support Specter.
Nationally, 29% approve of the way President Obama is performing as President and 37% strongly disapprove netting him a Presidential Approval index rating of -8%. 77% of Republicans, 65% of Independents disapprove of Obama and only 78% of Democrats approve.