Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Trouble is brewing for Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania
New polls by Quinnipiac University show a majority of voters in both states don't approve of the job he's doing and Republicans Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are both in striking distance of toppling him. Obama won Ohio and Pennsylvania in the 2008 election, and both states are keys to victory for any candidate seeking the White House. In the Keystone State, Obama defeated John McCain by 10 percentage points. In Ohio, the Quinnipiac Poll shows that 53% of voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president and 51% say he doesn't deserve a second term. The same survey shows that a race between Obama and either Perry or Romney would be too close to call. In Pennsylvania, 54% of voters give Obama poor marks for the way he's doing his job and 51% say that he shouldn't be re-elected. Pennsylvanians give Obama a 6-percentage point edge over Perry. Against Romney, the Quinnipiac survey shows that Obama and the former Massachusetts governor essentially tied, with Obama leading 45% to 43%. Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes, while Ohio has 18.