Exclusive: More Good News for Casey in Latest Poll

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

Bob Casey continues to enjoy relatively strong favorability, according to a poll obtained by PoliticsPA from the firm Municipoll. 46 percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Casey, compared with only 30 percent of voters with an unfavorable opinion.

The survey of 670 likely voters was conducted via IVR from Feb. 21-23, 2011.

These results closely resemble those in last week’s Quinnipiac poll, which showed Casey with a net favorable job approval rating of 44 percent to 24 percent.

“Maybe Bob Casey isn’t unbeatable but he’s looking pretty darn good for a Democrat in a swing state that Senate Republicans are supposedly talking about targeting next year,” said Ed Haggerty, President of Municipoll.

There is no front runner for the GOP nomination to challenge Casey, but the Senator performs well against several of the names that have been mentioned so far. Former US Senator Rick Santorum presents the stiffest challenge but Casey bests him 50 to 38 percent. Casey also beats Congressman Charlie Dent, 51 to 32 percent and Congressman Jim Gerlach, 48 to 34 percent.

The down side for Casey? After four years in office, 24 percent of likely voters still don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.

The poll also found President Obama’s favorability at 51 percent in the state (versus 44 percent unfavorable), again echoing last week’s Quinnipiac poll.

Newly elected Republicans Governor Tom Corbett and Senator Pat Toomey enjoy net favorable ratings, with Corbett at 48 percent to 31 percent, and Toomey at 42 percent to 35 percent. However, by a 50 percent to 31 percent margin, voter expect Corbett to break his no texes, no fees pledge.

Voters favor a tax on Marcellus shale gas drilling companies and the sale of the state liquor stores, “to help close the budget deficit.” (57 percent to 28 percent for the gas tax, 57 to 30 percent for selling state liquor stores).

And finally, former Senator Rick Santorum suffers a net unfavorable rating in PA, with 39 percent favorable and 44 percent unfavorable.

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9 Responses

  1. bush fascist agenda was to take in to two war that were not paid for tax cut for the rich and burry us in debt so that great republican agenda that what going to happen again id you vote for republican for senate or president

  2. so the Pennsylvanian’s want rich ass kissing right wing republican who don’t care about the people juts the rich people. should wake up and look at the republican and the pandering to the the rich the mojoraty of people are middle class or poor the rich are only 2 percent why should they controlll your government ?

  3. Bob Casey is nothing more then a shill for Odumbo and is always standing on his coat tails.
    Casey voted consistently with Odumbo’s socialist agenda stealing our tax dollars for every liberal pet project such as continuing to kill the unborn, voting for unconstitutional laws, tarp money for bail outs,
    anti second amendment regulations and on and on.
    Just check his voting record if you think these things are not true.
    Come out of your coma Pennsylvanian’s and shine the light on this tax spending leftist.
    This writer will be working hard to vote him out of office!!

  4. The fact that he tries to come off as a pro-life supporter but still voted for the healthcare bill is proof positive to me that he is in Obamas’ pocket. While his father was no saint, I’m sure Bobby has caused him to flip more than a few times in his grave.

  5. While Casey is a dream for liberals in this Commonwealth, one of the problems conservatives have in the 2012 state election cycle is all of our candidates got elected in 2010 and the stable is thin. Unfortunately there is no one right now with the statewide name recognition to beat him.

    His entire career has been built on the name of his father, but he is in no way his father’s son. He needs to go, and soon, before he bankrupts us all with his lack of vision and leadership.

  6. You’re absolutely right. He’s lockstep with the Obama agenda. He voted for the Stimulus, voted for the Healthcare fiasco, and on and on. He needs to go!

  7. Voters need to wake up and check his voting record. If you are a liberal he is great, if not his voting record is shocking. This guy loves taxes and more taxes. More spending and huge government growth. Check him out – he is part of the debt problem..

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