November 12, 2005--Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has
gained ground since the summer in his bid for
Rendell leads former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann by
fourteen percentage points--50% to 36%. In our July
survey, Swann was just six points behind the
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey also shows Rendell
holding an eight point edge, 47% to 39%, over former Lt. Governor
Bill Scranton III. That's up from a four point lead in the
Swann is viewed favorably by 49% of voters in the Keystone
State and unfavorably by 33%. His support in the African-American
community has declined significantly since summer.
Scranton is viewed favorably by 46% of voters and unfavorably
by 35%. For Rendell, the numbers are more positive--53% favorable
and 37% unfavorable.
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The other big race in Pennsylvania next year is for the U.S.
Senate. Incumbent Rick Santorum is living up to his reputation
as the most vulnerable incumbent at this point in the 2006 election
In the Keystone State, the Presidentís
Job Approval is at 37%, slightly below his national
average. Sixty-one percent (61%) disapprove, including 48% who
Just 25% of Pennsylvania voters give the President
good or excellent marks for handling the economy. Twenty-one percent
(21%) say he is doing a fair job, while 52% say poor.
Governor Ed Rendell has a 57% Approval Rating.
Forty-one percent (41%) Disapprove of the way the Democrat is
handling his job.
By a 44% to 24% margin, Pennsylvania voters say
that Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito should be
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 7, 2005. The margin of
sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a
95% level of confidence (see Methodology)