F&M Poll: Obama Reaches New Lows In PA

President Obama
President Obama

Luckily for President Obama, he will never have to campaign in Pennsylvania again.

Only 30% of registered voters in a new Franklin and Marshall poll believe that the President is doing a “good” or “excellent” job. This is the lowest rating he’s had in the Keystone State since taking office and is a 9% decrease from his polling numbers in October of 2013.

Unsurprisingly, Obama polls better amongst Democrats, earning 51% positive job performance. The Independents are not so kind, only 20% gave him positive job ratings. Republicans are even harsher with the Commander in Chief, only 6% gave him positive job ratings.

Obama is polling at about the same rate as his predecessor, George W. Bush, but he also took a hit in his personal favorability. In October, he had a 50% favorability rating and this month, he is down to 42%.

The poll was taken before the President’s visit to Pittsburgh this week and before a State of the Union address that seemed well-received, at least among Democrats.

The survey findings are based on the results of interviews conducted January 22 – 27, 2014. The interviews were conducted at the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College under the direction of the poll’s Director Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Head Methodologist Berwood Yost, and Project Manager Jacqueline Redman. The data included in this release represent the responses of 580 Pennsylvania registered voters, including 289 Democrats, 214 Republicans, and 77 registered as Independent/Other. The sample of registered voters was obtained from Voter Contact Services.


4 Responses

  1. What do you mean “never campaign in PA again?” Allyson Schwartz is tied at the hip with Obama and Obamacare. She and all of the other Democrat candidates for governor want to expand Obamacare in PA via Medicaid. I have to assume unless they decide to “lie” during their campaign they will want to invite President Obama to campaign for them and their goals to expand Obamacare in PA. Surely they won’t shun the star on the team. Surely their principles out weigh the Presidents ratings.

  2. @13thDistrictDem:

    F&M polls use an “excellent/good/fair/poor” ranking and count the “excellent” or “good” response as approval. This makes it look like the people who answered “fair” disapprove, but I think most people would regard it as “meh” instead of outright disapproval.

  3. I understand this is polling — it’s math, and numbers (generally) don’t lie — but this seems awfully low. Are there any other polls that corroborate this?

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