Today it appears Senator Pat Toomey should be thankful that election day is still three years away. A new survey from Public Policy Polling brings tough news for the state’s junior Senator on this holiday weekend.
According to PPP, Sen. Toomey has a 36% approval among PA voters while 46% disapprove. Comparatively, Toomey’s colleague Bob Casey has a 44% approval rating with 42% disapproving of his performance.
There doesn’t appear to be much of a gender gap concerning Toomey’s performance. Among women, the Senator has 35%/44% approve/disapprove split while for men it is 38%/48%.
Most intriguing, however, is the hypothetical matchups that PPP set up for the 2016 Senate race. In a contest between Toomey and Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Kane holds a 46% to 42% lead with 12% not sure. Interestingly, Kane’s lead among men (48% to 42%) is larger than her lead among women (45% to 42%).
In a rematch between Toomey and his 2010 opponent former Rep. Joe Sestak (who has already strongly hinted at his intention to run) the two candidates are tied 42% to 42% with 16% not sure. Toomey leads Sestak by one point, 44% to 43%, among men and Sestak is one point ahead with women, 41% to 40%.
PPP is a Democratic pollster, although their polls were found to be among the most accurate in the 2012 cycle.
The pollster surveyed 693 likely PA voters from Nov. 22 to 25 via IVR. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7%.
Note: Wednesday’s PPP survey announcement includes 3 polls: 1 of registered voters, one of Democrats, and one of Republicans. This article cites figures from the survey of all voters.