PA, OH Voters Turn Thumbs-Down on Obama Re-elect

The political environment continues to be toxic for President Obama in all the wrong places.

A majority of voters in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio say President Obama does not deserve a second term, according to a pair of Quinnipiac University polls released Wednesday.

Obama carried both states in 2008, but the polls suggest he'd have a much tougher time of it in 2012. Ohio and Pennsylvania are hurting in the economic malaise, and Republicans made big gains  during last year's midterm elections, winning governor's offices and five U.S. House seats in each state, along with a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania.

According to the poll, only 43 percent of those surveyed in Pennsylvania said they approved of how Obama was doing his job, and 51 percent said he doesn't deserve to be reelected. In Ohio, just 42 percent approved of Obama's performance, and 51 percent said the president does not deserve a second term.

That's the main takeaway from the surveys; Quinnipiac shows Obama running roughly even with Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in hypothetical matchups.

And in Pennsylvania, the university pollsters found that Pennsylvania voters were cool toward a GOP legislative proposal to change the way the state awards its electoral vote.

By a margin of 52-40 Pennsylvania voters said they want to see the state continue the state's current winner-take-all system rather than switch to a structure that would award votes based on congressional district.

But Republicans, by a slim (48-44) margin, favor the district proposal being advanced by Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) and Gov. Corbett. Democrats oppose the plan 63-30, while independents are 53-43 against.

"Overall, most Pennsylvanians think the proposal is being presented to give partisan advantage to Republicans," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of Quinnipiac's polling institute. "By large margins, Democrats and independent voters are not buying that ‘will of the voters’ argument.”

Most voters think that the proposal would diminish the swing state's clout, Malloy said, because it would no longer offer a pot of 20 electoral votes.

electoral votes would The Pennsylvania poll questioned 1,370 registered voters between Sept. 21 and 26. The overall margin of error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. The poll includes 541 Republicans; the margin of error for questions they answered is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

In Ohio, 1,301 registered voters were surveyed from Sept. 20 to 25. The overall margin of error is also 2.7 percentage points. The poll includes 423 Republicans; the margin of error for questions they answered increases to plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.