June Pa. Poll Shows Obama, 48 to Romney, 36

Obama leads Romney in the latest Pennsylvania poll.

The June 2012 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds President Barack Obama with a comfortable lead over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania.

"The president enjoys significant advantages over Romney in his personal popularity and most voters believe he is better prepared to handle the presidency even though they are ambivalent about some of his major policy initiatives," according to the poll.

View the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll:

May 29 - June 1, 2012 - Summary of Findings - Pennsylvanians (PDF)

Meanwhile, a conservative SuperPAC called Crossroads GPS is hitting Obama on spending in a 32-second commercial called "Stopwatch," according to PoliticsPa.

The ad blasts Obama over his 2008 presidential campaign pledge to curb spending in the U.S.

Crossroads GPS said it will spend $727,000 on its latest ad in Pennsylvania as a part of its $2.3 million advocacy effort in the state.

The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE‐TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI‐TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Harrisburg Patriot‐News, and Lancaster Newspapers. 

Susan M. June 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Let's hope these poll numbers change!
crosbycat June 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Kelly Burgess June 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I completely agree -- let's ALL hope the margin becomes even wider in Obama's favor!
Stacy June 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I, too, hope the margin for the Democrats / Obama widens. If people can't see what Corbett is doing to this state (....and apparently they can't) then it worries me what might happen with Republicans / Romney in an even more instrumental position of power.
another PR mom June 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The only thing that Corbett is doing to this state is repairing the damage that Ed Rendell did. Democrats are bankrupting this country and the states that they run and if you are truly advocating 4 more years of Obama considering where he has taken us as a nation then I am not sure that anythng else you say should have any validity.
Kelly Burgess June 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
My opinions are given validity by the fact that I am not afraid to attach my name and my face to them. Try it sometime, it's very freeing.
another PR mom June 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM
It never makes sense to attach your name to your political views online Kelly, no matter what those views may be. Maybe you are at a point in your life and career where this does not matter but I am not. Furthermore, since I have been outspoken against the teacher's union it was not prudent for me to use my name in a school district where my children attend. I would not put it past certain teachers to hold it against them.
Kelly Burgess June 13, 2012 at 01:52 AM
There's nothing to worry about if you have a particular belief and present it in a clear and well-reasoned manner and respect those who disagree with you. I think where people become angry and defensive is when you treat them dismissively by making statements such as, [if that is your opinion] then...nothing else you say should have any validity. That's an insult, not a conversation. Obviously divergent beliefs DO have validity, whether we agree with them or not. I respect opposing points of view and am interested in hearing them so I have a well-rounded base from which to form my own opinions.
Susan M. June 13, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Funny, the above poll numbers show 71% for Romney vs 28% for Obama. I am only hoping that the rest of Pennsylvania wakes up and gets out of their democratic slump!
Mark A. June 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
OK Kelly just owned pr mom.
Susan M. June 13, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Not really, and was the statement even necessary? What difference does it make if people use their real names or not? So, how is "Mark A." (which could be ficticious) any different from using "another pr mom"...? I use my real name, a lot of people know who I am, but I would never disparage someone who does not agree with me by harping on the fact that they use a pseudonym.
another PR mom June 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
First of all Kelly-you are wrong about it being ok if your belief is clearly laid out. Why would I, or anyone else, want to handicap themselves before ever meeting a prospective hiring manager by stating their political beliefs online-or anything else really. There have been plenty of stories lately about HR disqualifying candidates after an internet search, Additionally, I value my privacy online. I never use my real name anywhere onl the web because its just not a smart thing to do. And I apologize for offending you.. Most people are backing away from Obama now including many democrats in power as well as in his key demos. It is just hard for me to realize that anyone still likes him or thinks that he has done anything close to a good job. But you are right that I should have respected others point of view on this.
Kelly Burgess June 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Apology accepted. As for my support for Obama, I do not agree with everything he has done and it's not a matter of liking or supporting him per se, rather, I do not want to see the Republicans back in office. It is their policies and actions that blew up the economy and their plans to fix is are to keep the same course: policies that benefit the rich, eliminating jobs that support the middle class, de-regulation that does nothing but allow large corporations to operate without fear of repercussions when their risky behavior causes a financial or environmental crisis. As for state government -- this thread originally started with comments on Obama v. Romney poll numbers and devolved to Corbett v. Rendell -- I am very leery of how Corbett is dealing with the natural gas issue, blocking revenue sources (and regulation) from these very wealthy corporations while, again, cutting jobs that support the middle class. If Obama had not been blocked at every turn by the Republicans, we would be seeing a very different economic picture right now. And I don't understand why they do it. They say they do not support his jobs bill because it won't help. How do they know. Pass it and let's see. If they're right and it doesn't help, that's ammunition for them. If they're wrong, that's good for America. Seems like a win/win to me.
Lois Salvatora June 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM
No President Republican or Democrt can make things better for you. You must better yourself using the cards that you are either delt or have chosen for yourself. The amount of money being thrown at politicians these days is insane. Just imagine what could be accomplished if these billionaires would use their resourses to help society instead of promoting this beauty contest every 2 years. Folks at all levels of income have put themselves in the financial situations that they now find themselves in and I find it humorous that they now think/ want some politician to solve their personal problems. Give me a break. I would never believe that this is even remotely possible. As a registered republican who has split her vote many times over the past 20 yrs. I will once again support Pres. Obama. I realized a long time ago that the only folks benefiting from a republican presidency are not hard working people like me here in the middle class. Read making under $100,000 a year. And I would argue that those families making between $100,000 and oh say $250,000 a year are also not those who really benefit. But then this isn;t just about money is it? Or is it. If you are having trouble making ends meet then maybe you should have considered a less expensive house or car, or family vacation or a yard full of jungle gyms that your kids never use cause their too busy playing in traffic. Back to the election: Mitt Romney is a spoiled rich kid trying to win a beauty contest. Again and Again...
Stacy June 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Actually, you can go back and see via easy to read graphs that the debt of this country is more likely to become worse under Republicans compared to Democrats. It is a great marketing trick that Republicans believe otherwise; this is something you can easily check for yourself.
Jacob Pavlecic July 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Corbett is destroying the schools to balance the budget. I agree that it is important to have a balanced budget p, but not at the expense of our schools! Why is he cutting education? He wants to say he didn't raise taxes. Look what that has caused, almost every district in PA was forced to raise property taxes. Some leader, at least Rendell did what it took to help the state, regardless of its popularity.


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