President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dropped slightly among Pa. voters according to this month’s Franklin & Marshall poll.
42% of registered voters in Pa. believe that the President is doing an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ job. That number is down from 46% in an October F&M poll conducted during election season.
Job approval appears to be faltering among Independents, of whom only 33% rated the President’s performance favorably. It is also low among men, who disapproved of his job 50% to 43%. 15% of Republicans gave him positive marks.
It’s far from strong among Democrats, too, 66% of whom rated the President’s performance as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’
It remains high among women, who approved of his work 55% to 38%.
His personal favorability has remained almost identical to October; 49% of respondents said they had a favorable impression of Obama and 44% said unfavorable.
The poll paints a more negative picture for Obama than a Quinnipiac survey last week. That showed the President’s job approval in positive territory, 51% to 46%.
Sen. Toomey’s approval numbers are positive, but most Pennsylvanians either don’t know enough about him to form an opinion (37%) or are undecided (16%).
His favorability ratings have increased since F&M last polled him in March 2011. 26% of Pa. voters rated his performance favorably. That number is up from 23% in 2011. His unfavorables rose from 13% 2 years ago to 20% today.
Senator Bob Casey’s favorability has slightly increased since he won re-election. 40% of Pa. voters rated his performance favorably, up from 36% in the F&M October poll. 24% view him unfavorably, down from 31% in October.
F&M didn’t poll job approval numbers for either Senator.
The pollster surveyed 622 registered voters from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 using live callers on land lines. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percent. Pa. polls of registered voters – versus polls of likely voters – tend to be slightly more favorable to Democrats.