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Bob Casey Clobbering Sen. Rick Santorum in Polls
NewsMax ^ | 22 June 2006

Posted on 06/21/2006 4:00:10 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

Sen. Rick Santorum's approval rating has skidded to a four-year low, the latest sign of distress for the outspoken conservative and ally of President Bush, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The lead for Santorum's Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Bob Casey, has stretched to 18 percentage points since early May.

Casey leads Santorum by 52 percent to 34 percent - the biggest margin since October, when the numbers were the same, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

Only 38 percent of respondents said they approved of the way Santorum, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, is handling his job. Forty-five percent said they disapproved and 16 percent did not express an opinion.

It was the first time Santorum's approval rating dropped below 40 percent since Quinnipiac began measuring it in June 2002.

Bush's approval rating in the state rebounded somewhat in the latest poll, to 34 percent from 30 percent in May. The proportion of Pennsylvania voters who approved of Bush's handling of the war in Iraq increased to 35 percent from 29 percent.

"Senator Santorum appears to be his own worst enemy in his battle for re-election," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Connecticut-based university's polling institute.

In the May survey, Casey, the son of late Democratic Gov. Robert P. Casey, led Santorum by 49 percent to 36 percent.

More than 40 percent of Casey's supporters said they are more against electing Santorum to a third term than for Casey, the poll showed.

Virginia Davis, a Santorum campaign spokesman, said polls are unreliable at this stage in the campaign. Santorum plans to air the first statewide TV commercials of his campaign on Friday, she said. Larry Smar, a spokesman for the Casey campaign, agreed that it is too early to read too much into the polls but that Casey's continuing strength in polling bodes well for the November election.

Quinnipiac conducted telephone interviews with 1,076 Pennsylvania voters between June 13 and Monday. The results carry a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2006; bobcasey; electionussenate; polls; ricksantorum; ussenate
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This is not good - why the hell didn't Casey run against bloody Specter?
1 posted on 06/21/2006 4:00:12 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

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2 posted on 06/21/2006 4:03:08 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS)
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To: Aussie Dasher

BECAUSE IF YOUR GOING TO GET RID OF A TRUE PRO-LIFER,YOU HAVE TO FIND A KINDOF PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT TO RUN AGAINST HIM[Sorry,to shout]


3 posted on 06/21/2006 4:03:54 PM PDT by fishbabe
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Political move ?
4 posted on 06/21/2006 4:03:56 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I know we don't want to hear this, but it's just the Casey name, and a sense that Casey is more conservative than most democrats. It is a very sentimental choice, the same concept that will make Tom Kean, Jr. competitive in liberal NJ. Casey's father died after a transplant struggle, and was a local favorite. People are going to vote for the son. Not fair, just political reality.


5 posted on 06/21/2006 4:04:43 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Aussie Dasher

More Polls.

Still YAWNING.


6 posted on 06/21/2006 4:05:18 PM PDT by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: fishbabe

Can't Santorum get Casey to talk about abortion?


7 posted on 06/21/2006 4:06:19 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Still way too soon to call this election, IMO.


8 posted on 06/21/2006 4:07:08 PM PDT by MilesVeritatis (War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things...." - John Stuart Mill)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehn, good night" Santorum for sucking up to your buddy Snarl'n and dragging Bush in to boot. Disgusting.
9 posted on 06/21/2006 4:07:41 PM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Because they both are on the same page.


10 posted on 06/21/2006 4:10:12 PM PDT by conservative blonde (Conservative Blonde)
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To: RobbyS

What Santorum needs to do is condemn Planned parenthood for racism and then say Casey thinks killing blacks is okay...BOOOOOOY,would that start a discussion.....But,casey has said he's pro-life and leaves it there..Santorum never engages him in a real discussion about abortion and casey weaves and bobs so no questions touch him...


11 posted on 06/21/2006 4:11:44 PM PDT by fishbabe
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To: sefarkas

I really hope that this isnt Conservatives trying to get revenge here or make a point. It must be remembered that Arlen Spector went to bat for Santorum in past relection bid. What Santorum did in supporting Specter was the proper thing to do as a Republican and as a man.

That being said, If people wish to gives the Dems a Senator for life in Penn, in order to prove a point, I hope they see the folly of their ways.


12 posted on 06/21/2006 4:13:38 PM PDT by catholicfreeper (I am Blogging for the GOP and Victory O6 at www.theponderingamerican.blogspot.com)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Santorum was looking to make it competitive a few weeks ago, and looks to have collapsed again. I think he just overstayed his welcome. Pennsylvanians are just rejecting him, for whatever reason.

I wish him the best, though. Would be nice to see this tighten up again.


13 posted on 06/21/2006 4:13:46 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("5 Minute Penalty for #40, Ann Theresa Calvello!" - RIP 1929-2006)
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To: sefarkas

LOLOL! Spincter sux big time, but Toomey supports Santorum and so do I. We grownups don't cut off our nose to spite our face.


14 posted on 06/21/2006 4:15:00 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: fishbabe
Maybe at bogttom Santorum values his uppercrust connections too well. Planned Parenthood is highly regarded by people with money.
15 posted on 06/21/2006 4:15:41 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Casey is the classic "empty suit". Rick has been and is a very good Senator. The media, especially from Philly and Pittsburgh are just brutal against Rick and I concede he is going to have a tough time of it. That said, I will continue to work hard for and donate to the Santorum effort. He deserves the support of all Pensy pipples!

MoodyBlu

16 posted on 06/21/2006 4:28:19 PM PDT by MoodyBlu
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To: sefarkas

So you'd throw out one of the few conservatives the northeast has managed to elect? It's that kind of shallow "thinking" that keeps sending Dems and Rinos to Congress.


17 posted on 06/21/2006 4:32:47 PM PDT by catpuppy
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To: Aussie Dasher

The people who did this poll seem to have a strong Dem bias. Other polls show Santorum down to single digits I think that is more believable.


18 posted on 06/21/2006 4:33:44 PM PDT by bilhosty (to hell with ABCNNBCBS)
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To: Aussie Dasher
This is not good - why the hell didn't Casey run against bloody Specter?

Santorum touched a nerve with these guys, for one...

21 posted on 06/21/2006 4:34:47 PM PDT by Darnright (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The only poll that counts is the one at the ballot box on Election Day. And Silent's Bob's not that popular.


22 posted on 06/21/2006 4:37:10 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

Make that Silent Bob....


23 posted on 06/21/2006 4:37:27 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Williams

PA voters like those of DC can't help voting for anything that says Democrat.


24 posted on 06/21/2006 4:41:45 PM PDT by Spirited (`)
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To: RobbyS

Nope. Bob Casey is the one "pro-lifer" who absolutely refuses to talk about abortion.


25 posted on 06/21/2006 4:43:04 PM PDT by AmishDude (I am the King Nut.)
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To: bilhosty

Yes, QU is notoriously biased to the Democrats. I'd wait for another polling outfit to confirm a deficit like this.


26 posted on 06/21/2006 4:44:35 PM PDT by AmishDude (I am the King Nut.)
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To: AmishDude

that's cause Casey's a FAUX-LIFER


27 posted on 06/21/2006 4:55:57 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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Just checked Bob Casey's website, and as usual nowdays, no indication of party affiliation.

Only the hint of it, since there are anti-Santorm/GOP news postings.

28 posted on 06/21/2006 4:57:10 PM PDT by mlstier ("The Right to Privacy does not trump the Right to Life" -- Bill O'Reilly)
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To: Aussie Dasher

It will be a tough fight. I think that will easily be the tougherst reelection fight one of our candidates faces and that Santorum is very likely to go down. Shame because he is a very good senator. A little too conservative for a state that tends to vote Dem in presidential races, and RINO for the other senate seat.


29 posted on 06/21/2006 4:57:34 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Williams
It is a very sentimental choice, the same concept that will make Tom Kean, Jr. competitive in liberal NJ.

I think this will be an even trade on election night.

30 posted on 06/21/2006 5:24:09 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Aussie Dasher

Here in PA some conservatives are angry with Santorum for campaigning for Specter. They're now saying they don't care if Santorum loses.


31 posted on 06/21/2006 5:27:43 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: bilhosty

Worth saying three times! LOL


32 posted on 06/21/2006 5:33:55 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: catholicfreeper
What Santorum did in supporting Specter was the proper thing to do as a Republican and as a man.

Why? (Just a simple question)

FMCDH(BITS)

33 posted on 06/21/2006 5:38:12 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Which one is in favor of withdrawal of troops in Iraq, homosexual marriage, voting rights for illegal immigrants, abortion on demand, open borders, and forgetful of 9/11?


34 posted on 06/21/2006 5:43:17 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: nothingnew

I would say thats it proper for several reasons. One is the need for Republican Unity. I suspect that for the citizens of Penn, the two Senators have to work together quite a bit. That would not be helped by the two Senators from the same Party sniping at each other. Further, I think since Spector supported him in the past reelection as well as I believe in the general the first time he ran, it was proper that Santorum stood up for him then.

Santorum did not hold a gun up to conservatives heads and make them vote for Spectre. Santorum was loyal to a person that helped him in the past. Would I have prefered someone else than Spectre as Senator. Yes. But I have to admit that he has on the whole been a fair leader of the Judicary committee. He has not stopped any of Bush's judges that I have heard of.


35 posted on 06/21/2006 5:52:30 PM PDT by catholicfreeper (I am Blogging for the GOP and Victory O6 at www.theponderingamerican.blogspot.com)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Polls by Quinnipiac? They are worthless, they are so false. Completely manipulated by the left to give the desired result.


36 posted on 06/21/2006 5:55:43 PM PDT by Constitution1st (Never, never, never quit - Winston Churchill)
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To: sefarkas
"So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehn, good night" Santorum for sucking up to your buddy Snarl'n...

...makes you sing stupid show tunes getting all excited about a 92% conservative losing to a candidate from the party of treason.

Even Reagan supported Specter when Specter ran in the primary in '86.

37 posted on 06/21/2006 6:05:43 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Aussie Dasher

Santorum is hammering Casey in radio ads in the Pittsburgh area about the immigration issue. Santorum voted against the Senate bill and is criticizing every aspect of it. Casey apparently favors amnesty. The mayor of Hazleton's action against illegals resonates with Pennsylvanians. I have a feeling Casey's stand will hurt him badly. Santorum isn't dead yet.


38 posted on 06/21/2006 6:09:43 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: FreeReign; catpuppy; Sisku Hanne; catholicfreeper
You ought to stop reading press clippings and look at what he actually does. Supporting Snarl'n is the worst of it. Even today, he voted with a bunch of Rs to raise minimum wage in two steps to placate the unions. I just do not trust him -- too slick.
39 posted on 06/21/2006 6:56:47 PM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: FreeReign; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Torie; JohnnyZ

Specter had no viable Conservative opposition in the '86 primary. Interesting to note that had DINO Rep. Don Bailey been the Democrat nominee against Specter that year, rather than ultraleft Rep. Bob Edgar (now head of the Council of Churches, a Communist front group), Specter would've been a one-term wonder.


40 posted on 06/21/2006 6:57:05 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: sefarkas
You ought to stop reading press clippings and look at what he actually does. Supporting Snarl'n is the worst of it. Even today, he voted with a bunch of Rs to raise minimum wage in two steps to placate the unions. I just do not trust him -- too slick.

I never said I supported Specter over Toomey.

You really ought to stop with the non-sequiturs.

41 posted on 06/21/2006 7:07:13 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: WestSylvanian
Quinnepac is full of it. They are meaninless shills for whomever pays them, and that is usually Democrats and Liberals. Santorum will not lose this race; Casey will fold at the end like a house of cards.

Just ask Ed Rendell, he'll be glad to tell you all about it.

42 posted on 06/21/2006 7:09:16 PM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Specter had no viable Conservative opposition in the '86 primary.

Thornborough was a good conservative who dropped out from the primary in '86.

43 posted on 06/21/2006 7:11:43 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: MoodyBlu

Why is Santorum not getting numbers?


44 posted on 06/21/2006 7:16:02 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I admire Rick Santoram very much. He was very good because he was sincere on the banning of partial birth abortion. He may lose but he may win in the end one of the desires of his heart. I wish he was my Senator. Maybe he will move to a more RED STATE (Think Arkansas)and run again. Come on down..PA is going Blue slowly.


45 posted on 06/21/2006 7:23:39 PM PDT by therut
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To: sefarkas
Gee, you've convinced me! I'll pout and stay home or better yet, vote third party just to teach him a lesson. In fact I was listening to the Socialist party candidate on the radio who is trying to get enough sigs to be on the ballot against Casey & Santorum. Maybe I'll throw away a vote on him!

/sarcasm

46 posted on 06/21/2006 7:27:57 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Pennsylvania conservatives considering not voting for Santorum are fools.

Santorum is perhaps the most conservative Republican in the Senate.

47 posted on 06/21/2006 7:30:20 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: catholicfreeper

As if Casey's going to remain pro-life assuming he wins the race. I seriously doubt it. The one good thing about this race, is that Dims are now acknowledging the strength of the pro-life movement and is no longer ridiculing it or taking it for granted.


48 posted on 06/21/2006 7:32:43 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Aussie Dasher
Yawn. Santorum will win in November by 3-5%. Take it to the bank.

If you're scared, get a dog.
49 posted on 06/21/2006 7:33:23 PM PDT by Antoninus (I don't vote for liberals -- regardless of party.)
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To: fishbabe

Politicians never engage in real discussions. They never answer questions with real answers.


50 posted on 06/21/2006 7:38:07 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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