Specter’s poll numbers fall as fast as he departs

Departing U.S. Senator Arlen Spceter is not polling well in his final days.  


Public Policy Polling took the survey of how more than half those in the U.S. Senate stack up.  Poll director Tom Jensen says despite decades in politics, Senator Specter is behind Pennsylvania’s other Senator.


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“Arlen Specter is pretty close to the bottom with only a 29 percent approval rating as he leaves office and 60 percent disapproving,” said Jensen.  “Bob Casey is closer to the middle of the list 36 percent approval 40 percent disapproval.”


Jensen says switching from a Republican to a Democrat seems to be the reason for Specter’s low numbers.  “Republicans hate him more than they hate the average Democrat, because he left their party,” Jensen said.  “His approval rating with Republicans is only nine percent his disapproval rating was a whopping 86 percent with Republicans.”


Specter lost to Congressman Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary, and Sestak lost to Republican Pat Toomey in November.

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