The top of the ticket is looking safe for Democrats according to the latest survey from Public Policy Polling. Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 6 points, while Sen. Bob Casey leads Tom Smith by 8.
Obama’s lead is largely a result of his advantage among women (he leads 57 percent to 42) and independents (he leads 49 percent to 45). Romney leads among men 52 percent to 46.
Casey has an even wider advantage among women (57 percent to 40) and independents (49 percent to 41). Smith leads men just 49 percent to 47.
PPP surveyed 790 likely Pa. voters from November 2 to 3 via automated telephone interviews. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent. 48 percent of respondents identified as Democrats, 38 percent as Republicans and 14 percent as independents or other.
Obama’s approval is split, 48 percent positive and negative. Romney’s favorability is slightly negative, 48 percent to 46.
Casey’s job approval is slightly positive, 42 percent to 41. Smith is viewed slightly unfavorably, 40 percent to 38.
PPP is a Democratic polling firm; the results of these surveys show the Democrats higher than the average of all recent numbers. According to Real Clear Politics – which includes these PPP numbers – Obama leads Romney by an average of 4.8 points in Pa., 49.8 percent to to 45. Casey leads Smith by 5.2 points, 48.2 percent to 43.
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