Poll of Pa. voters gives Obama positive approval on job, Hurricane Sandy response

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President Barack Obama outscored Gov. Tom Corbett on overall job approval and on the response to Hurricane Sandy, according to a poll released this morning.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows Pennsylvania voters approve of the way the president is doing his job by 52-45 percent, compared to Gov. Corbett, whose approval marks are a slimmer 40-38 percent.

A total 74 percent of voters polled say Mr. Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy was "excellent" or "good," compared to 61 percent for Mr. Corbett.

By 55-41 percent, Keystone State voters are "generally optimistic ... about the next four years with Barack Obama as president, " said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Did climate change make Hurricane Sandy the monster it was? Pennsylvania voters say no," Mr. Malloy said. "There are differences between Democrats and Republicans and between men and women, but voters do seem concerned about global warming."

State voters said by 51-43 percent that Hurricane Sandy and the snowstorm one week later were not caused by climate change. But 63 percent of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about global warming. And 82 percent of Democrats are very or somewhat concerned, with 36 percent of Republicans concerned and 65 percent of independent voters concerned.

Women polled said by 50-44 percent that these storms were caused by climate change, but men disagreed, saying by 58-35 percent they were not.

Democrats said climate change caused the storms by 59-34 percent, but Republicans said no, by 74-21 percent. Independent voters said, 51-43 percent, climate change is not to blame for the storms.

From Friday though Tuesday, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,489 registered voters in Pennsylvania with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Interviewers called land lines and cell phones during the survey.

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First Published November 15, 2012 11:45 AM


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