Thursday, August 17, 2006

Good News for Santorum in New Approval Numbers

For only the second time in the last twelve months, Rick Santorum's approval numbers in the SurveyUSA poll are greater than his disapproval figures. With a series of recent polls showing a narrowing of the race, maybe now Casey will start to wake up and do some real campaigning.

The poll results, released today, hand Santorum a 48% approval rating, against 45% who disapprove of the junior Senator's performance. That is a five-point swing to the good in both numbers from last month's figures. Santorum's 48% approval is the highest SurveyUSA has polled for him in this election cycle. Regionally, SurveyUSA has him at 51% approval in every region (including Casey's home turf) except his own -- the Southeast, where his approval is 41% versus 48% disapproval.

Santorum has managed to get the Casey campaign all kinds of distracted with the Green candidacy and, in the meantime, pound away with advertising designed to appeal to his base and, to a degree, soften his image. Meanwhile Bob Casey is on a bus going to meet a couple dozen voters someplace where the woods meet the road. And when he gets there, he's got nothing to say.

If he keeps this up, he could be the proud proprietor of yet another historic blown election.

h/t to Santorum Blog for the heads up.

4 comments:

Bernie O'Hare said...

They have yet to debate. Casey has never been an impressive speaker. That should give Santorum a few more points. Virginia may end up with three senators.

Anonymous said...

Pennsylvania House. . .

Please visit:

http://www.koger.7p.com

http://toddelliottkoger.blogspot.com

Here's a candidate for state representative who provides good insight into inner-city issues. His Op-Ed Articles featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette addresses crime, drugs, etc.

For example: Did you know? After accepting lucrative campaign contributions from the utility companies (Allegheny Power, ARIPPA PAC, Columbia Gas, Dominion, Duquense Light, FirstEnergy Corp, PPL Corp, and the like), Joe Preston wrapped a "moral responsibility" cloak around Act 201 (Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act), and rushed from committee legislation that makes it much easier for the seedist financial interest in the country to terminate the gas, electric and water service of poor, low-income customers. Throughout the entire process, there was not a single public hearing on the measure.

That is, pursuant to Act 201 utility companies can now demand the balance due, a reconnection fee, and two months payment in advance. In other words, Joe Preston adopted the agenda of big business and they reciprocated with cash. All the sordid details of Mr. Preston's cosying up to the utilities in exchange for legislation that allows termination of service on all weekdays (including Fridays) even during winter months, must come out.

The residents of District 24 want to know exactly whose interests was served by leaving the poor and low-income without heat, electric and water in their homes during months when the mercury dips into the teens or lower, and wind can be howling and brutal?

Thank you

A Big Fat Slob said...

The Casey people seem a bit tense these days. I suspect that their internal polling is consistent with the narrowing we've seen in the public polls.

The new Keystone Poll on the Senate race is due out soon. It will be interesting to see what they have to say.

I saw Casey's stump speech on PCN the other day. God, it is awful. All attack and no selling.

Anonymous said...

Why is it bad to make people pay their bills? They used the product they should pay for it. If they buy less junk they could have more essentials. So utilities make money. So do automakers... maybe everyone should get a free car. And those oil companies had record profits... free gas for the disadvantaged! Giant Eagle is making money... let's throw in free food. I have a better plan... let the deadbeats move into your house and you can really help them out.