Friday, September 16, 2005

Philadelphia Daily News | Latest Poll Shows Growing Santorum Weakness

Philadelphia Daily News | 09/16/2005 | Disapproving state: "Posted on Fri, Sep. 16, 2005

Disapproving state
Rendell, Santorum lagging in new poll
By DAVE DAVIES
daviesd@phillynews.com

THE VOTERS are restless.

The latest Daily News/CN8 Keystone Poll finds Pennsylvanians economically stressed and angry about legislative pay raises, resulting in weak numbers for Gov. Rendell and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum as they seek re-election, and wretched ratings for President Bush.

"There's a real uneasiness out there," said poll director Terry Madonna at Franklin & Marshall College. "Whether this translates into a full-scale anti-incumbent revolt is unclear, but if you're an officeholder, you have to look at this with a wary eye."

Among the polls findings:

• The news is worst for Santorum, who now trails his Democratic challenger, state treasurer Bob Casey, 50 percent to 37 percent.

"He's gone from a margin of one point, to seven, to 13 just this year," Madonna said. "That's moving in the wrong direction for an incumbent, and that's as he's been speaking out on a lot controversial issues."

"His seat is now in jeopardy," Madonna said."

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