This is a positive sign for the eventual Republican presidential nominee. But don’t be fooled, it will still be extremely difficult to turn the Keystone State red in 2012. The last time Republicans capture Pennsylvania was 1988. Democratic firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) has more:
President Obama’s approval rating in Pennsylvania has deteriorated to the point that there is no state he hopes to win next year which sees him worse. 42% approve and 53% disapprove of his job performance in the Keystone State, a nine-point decline from the 46-48 PPP measured less than five months ago. That puts the state and its views on the president in league with tough-to-win states like Missouri and Montana, both of which Obama’s campaign played in in 2008, but neither of which he won, and neither of which he will likely win next year.
Obama ties Mitt Romney at 45%; the two were knotted at 44% in June. He leads Ron Paul by four, 46-42; the state’s former Sen. Rick Santorum by five, 47-42; Newt Gingrich by six, 49-43; Rick Perry by 13, 51-38; and Herman Cain by 18, 53-35.
“Pennsylvania is Barack Obama’s most worrisome state for 2012,” said Dean Debnam,President of Public Policy Polling. “He’s slipped there more than in any other large state and the electoral college picture changes fundamentally if it goes into the GOP column.”
PPP surveyed 500 Pennsylvania voters from November 17th to 20th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.4%.