Most Pennsylvanians back tax deal: poll

PHILADELPHIA (BestGrowthStock) — Most Pennsylvania voters support the federal tax-cut package agreed by President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders but are split on whether Obama deserves a second term, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday.

The Quinnipiac University Poll found 69 percent approve of the tax measures, with only 24 percent against.

The poll found 41 percent of voters said Obama would defeat an unnamed Republican in 2012, against 37 percent who said he would lose.

But they were split by 44-45 percent on whether he should get a second term in the White House.

Forty-five percent thought Obama was “about right” in his policies, against 38 percent who think he’s too liberal, and 7 percent who believe he’s too conservative, the poll found.

“President Obama carried Pennsylvania by 55-44 percent in the 2008 election,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Although these new numbers are not exact comparisons, it’s clear that he has lost some support since then.”

Asked whether Congress should repeal health-care reform, voters were split 45-45. Repeal was backed by 73 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of Independents, and only 22 percent of Democrats.

The poll also found support for the war in Afghanistan is waning. By a margin of 56 to 38 percent, voters said the United States should not be fighting there, a decline from July when support was about evenly split.

The poll, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, surveyed 1,584 voters from December 6-13.

(Reporting by Jon Hurdle; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Most Pennsylvanians back tax deal: poll