Pennsylvania “is looking more and more like it could be a tough hold” for President Obama in the 2012 election, according to a Public Policy Polling analysis based on three of the firm’s surveys of the state.
Indeed, Pennsylvania may be the toughest state for the president’s re-election campaign, the pollsters say.
Obama’s state approval rating is 46 percent, to 48 percent disapproval, in the latest PPP poll, and he has been “underwater” in all three of the automated surveys it has run there so far in 2011.
The best Obama can muster in a hypothetical head-to-head Pennsylvania matchup with Republican front-runner Mitt Romney is a tie. This is a state he carried by 10 percentage points in 2008, despite having lost the Democratic primary to Hillary Rodham Clinton.