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Politics / WHITE HOUSE

Obama Approval Jumps In Pennsylvania

President Obama.(TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

February 17, 2011

Pres. Obama's job approval rating among Pennsylvania voters has reached its highest point since July of 2009, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning: 51 percent say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 44 percent disapprove.

Obama's numbers are up seven points from a poll released on December 16, which found that 44 percent of registered voters approved, while 43 percent disapproved. In July of 2009, 56 percent of Pennsylvania voters approved, while 33 percent disapproved.

The poll was conducted from February 8-14, and surveyed 1,366 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

According to the poll, Obama is polling better than some of his policies, a finding that has been repeatedly evident in many surveys over the last two years. 48 percent of registered voters surveyed in the state are in favor of Congress trying to repeal Obama's health care reform law, while 42 percent say it should stand.

One surprising finding from the survey: Sen. Bob Casey (D) -- despite having served as a senator since 2007 and with his father's service as governor, remains unknown by a significant portion of the electorate -- 31 percent of the state's voters are undecided about him. 44 percent approve of the job he is doing, while 24 percent disapprove.

The 31 percent figure is not much lower than the 39 percent who are undecided about the state's junior senator, Pat Toomey (R), who has only been in office since January.

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