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PA: 2010 Senate (Quinnipiac-4/29-5/3)


Quinnipiac University
4/29 - 5/3/09; 1,120 registered voters, 2.9% margin of error
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews

Pennsylvania

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 66 / 29
Gov. Rendell: 53 / 38
Sen. Specter: 56 / 36 (chart)
Sen. Casey: 55 /21

Favorable / Unfavorable
Sen. Arlen Specter (D): 52 / 34 (chart)
Pat Toomey (R) 20 / 13
Tom Ridge (R): 55 / 19

2010 Senate - General Election
Sen. Specter 53, Toomey 33
Sen. Specter 46, Ridge 43

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Comments
IdahoMulato:

These are good numbers for Specter. This is Obama or DEM bump. Specter is actually shrewd.

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IdahoMulato:

This is total reversal. Specter now beating both Toomey & Ridge? I can't believe it.

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IdahoMulato:

Pat Toomey is toast.

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Stillow:

Toomey can't beat Specter in the general, nor can Toomey beat whoever the Dem will be in the general. The only way Toomey can win if by the 2010 election there is an obama backlash. PA has just gotten to blue, although it is home to a lot of the old Reagan Dems, but after Reagan those Reagan Dems have been trickling back to the Dems.

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IdahoMulato:

Stillow

There're many archetypes of conservatism. The following are some of them:
(1) Religious conservatives, usually Christian fundamentals. They believe in religious nationalism or hegemony & reject secular nationalism. (2) Social conservatives - Conservative on social issues bordering on abortion, gun controls, etc.
(3) Fiscal conservatives - These are those who believe in the so-called small govt, limited or no taxes. Ostensible claims individual rights & liberties.
(4) Libertarians - believe is personal liberties & individual rights w/out govtal controls. Together with fiscal conservatives, they're the most selfish. There're overlaps especially between libertarians & fiscal conservatives on many fronts.
(5) Other conservatives - These are those who don't fit in any of the other archetypes. They believe in nativism, racism, nationalism, social activism, etc. They tend to be paranoia.

Overall, most conservatives are a mixture of the above archetypes.

I'm inviting comments.

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Stillow:

I don't really have any comments....your view of conservatism is so out of whack, its not practical to try and debate it. Your drowning the koolaid, this country was founded and built on conservative values. To keep what one eanrs is not selfish, but rather the truest meaning of freedom.
Your clearly a statist / liberal who simply feels the g'ment is better at running your life than you are....tha tis fine, I encourage you to vote for bigger and bigge rg'ment whenever you can.
Conservatism / capitalism provides the most prosperity for the maximum # of people. Those who ignore opportunity tend not fare as well...which is why they look to liberalism so someone else can take care of them.
Its evident you will never understand the worth of the individual and the meaning of freedom.
If you wish to have a all powerful g'ment dictate the terms of your life then it is what it is, I cannot convince you otherwise. You have classic liberal textbook definitions of what you think conservatism is, in other words, you have been brain washed...no doubt due to your so called education and the efforts of the media to define conservatism as some backward way of thinking.
Again I will make the point, liberalism / socialism will alwys fail in the long run, because people will forget how to take care of themselves, liberalism breeds slaves by proxy of dependence.
To take from one man and give to another is the pursest form of tyrany....because it is the g'ment who decides how much to take and who to give it to...eventually you are left with only recpeients of g'ment entitlements and no one left workign to pay the bills for everyone else.
To live your life with self intrest in mind is no sin, when you take away the incentives for people to strive for soemthing more, then you are left with a society full of people who are easily controlled. While the g'ment tells you you need them and they hand out your entitlements, they have cocktail parties and fly around in private jets, meanwhile telling private peole who earn there money by way of working for it that they cannot enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Again the core difference beteen conservatism and liberalism is conservatives beleive in the sancitity and genius of the individual, that thru work and producitivty is when people and society achive its highest effectiveness and prosperity. Liberalism puts its faith in g'ment, it feels the masses are to stupid to make their own choices, that somehow keeping what you earn is being selfish and without feeling for others. Liberalism while it preeches one thing, acts in complete contradicition....it speaks of giving people freedoms, while legislting freedom away. There will come a time when people are told wher to work and how much they will ern....
I do not know why you liberals do not see the danger in forfeiting your ability to think and make your own choices is a good thing.
you do not create wealth by dividing it, prosperity is not generated by stealing it......and you cannot give to one person what is not first taken from someone else. If we skeep on this path of liberalism and putting our faith in g'ment instead of the people, then countries like China and Russia will leave us behind. While they will be creatig nd inventing we will be sitting around talking about how great America used to be....but hey, at least we'll have g'ment run helath care right?
Why you liberals trust g'ment more than yourselves is beyond beelif....can anyone name me a single g'ment program that actually run efficiently and is successful? Even 1????

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IdahoMulato:

Paying taxes and govt using the funds to ensure every human being both strong & weak, sick & unsick, healthy & unhealthy, rich & poor, etc. have access to healthcare is not unjust. I consider healthcare a fundamental human right. You may call me socialist and I don't care a bit. There're no more slaves to build our infrastructure like roads, rail lines, etc. for free. Govt has to tax the people to build and maintain our infrastructure like roads, rail lines, bridges and support our so-called "war on terror." Whether govt is inefficient or not is neither here nore there. It's govt responsibility to build and maintain infrastructure. The private sector, although the engine of growth, cannot do these things. How can the govt do these things w/out taxes? W/out the infrastructure, how can the private sector even do business? Nobody likes to pay taxes including me. We all would prefer lower taxes so that we can spend more of what we earn. At the same time, deteriorating infrastructure need maintenance and continual renewal. This is not the work of the private sectore; it's govt.

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Stillow:

Again, no one is opposed to taxation....the opposition is to punitive taxation. The g'ment spends 3+ trillion a year, that is to much. Look to western Europe to see what socialized medicine looks like, care is rationed, people are refused treatment in favor of someone else whose illness is not as costly. That is why welathy peopl around the world come here for there medical treatment.
So it doesn't matter to a liberal if g'ment is efficient or not huh? Just keep on giving them money, doesn't matter if they waste, just keep on givin it to them, that is a great stradegy!!!! The goal should not be to have the most corrupt and inefficient entity i nthe world, the g'ment to provide health care to everyone, the goal shoudl be to lift those up at the bottom who do not have it into the middle class wher ethey can get it.
g'ment runs retirement i nthe form of social security and its bankrupt and will collapse and now you want them to run healthcare.....you still could not answer one simply question to name one efficient and successful entitelment program the g'ment runs successfully.....you cannot answer because ther is not one. When the g'ment step sin and replaces the private sector, costs skyrocket, waste skyrockets and quality sinks.
Your liberal theory of just tax tax tax, without it mattering if g'ment is efficient with money or not is insane and will cause us great harm.
look at medicare, a g'ment sponsored thing and its a mess....the g'ment cannot run anything....and you want to make them bigger and run more things.
you liberals have got to get it thru your heads, you cannot bring up the people at the bottom by brining down thos ein the middle and the top.....the solution is to shrink g'ment and get it out of the way so that the private setor and economy can thrive so that more people are borught into prosperity and into the middle class. Having the g'ment do anything always makes a mess.....
There is not a single entitlement that is fiscally sound and sustainable i nexistance today....its all going bankrupt and rather than seeing that entititlements are not the answer, you want to take more of what working peole earn.......................its a cryin shame what some of you beelive in. The cookie jar only has a fixed # of cookies in it, by beating up on the middle and upper class you are going to sink everyone into the bottom....and before you know it there will be no one for you to steal money from to pay for all your entitlements and then your house of cards will come crumbling down.

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Stillow:

By the way, I keep noticing the repeating theme of your argument is paying taxes....well then howcome Obama's cabinet is full of people who didn't pay their taxes? We coudl pay off the national debt if we could just get democrats to pay the taxes they owe.....typical liberals, do as we say, not as we do....force the rest of us to pay pujitive taxes while they don
't pay any....even our own treasury secratary couldn't pay his own taxes................pathetic!

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