Voters in Pennsylvania disapproved of the way President Barack Obama handled the recent debate over the national debt limit, but he fared better that fellow Democrats or Republicans in Congress, according to a poll released this morning.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows registered voters disapproved of the president's role, 54-43 percent.
But voters said the president acted more responsibly in the debate than congressional Republicans, by 44-37 percent. Pennsylvania voters also disapproved, 68-28 percent, of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, and disapprove, 67-28 percent, of Democrats' performance.
Voters in the state also said Mr. Obama does not deserve to be reelected, by 52-42 percent.
In a potential matchup in the 2012 election matching the president against possible Republican challengers, the polls shows:
• Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 44 percent to Mr. Obama's 42 percent;
• Former Pa. U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum with 43 percent to Mr. Obama's 45 percent;
• Mr. Obama leads Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, 47-39 percent;
• Mr. Obama leads Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 45-39 percent.
From July 25 through Sunday, Quinnipiac University pollsters surveyed 1,358 registered voters in the state with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 532 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points.