In it, but not of it. TPM DC
As TPM has reported over the last few days, the prolonged debt debate is pulling down the approval ratings of national leaders, and PA is no exception. Obama beat Romney 47 - 40 in Quinnipiac's June poll, and Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipaic Polling Institute, urged caution. "Let's see how the public reacts to the news and whether today's results are a baseline for measuring future results, or whether they show the president is in big trouble in Pennsylvania, a key swing state," Malloy wrote.
Still, Romney now leads Obama by a slim .4% margin in the TPM Poll Average of the matchup in Pennsylvania.
The new Quinnipiac poll utilized telephone interviews with 1,358 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent for the general election matchup. For the Republican sample, there were 532 interviews and a 4.3 margin of error.