What we have here is the beginning of a trend.
U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s support of President Bush hurts his chances for re-election next year, Pennsylvania voters said by a 2-1 margin in a poll released Tuesday.
More than one-third of all Republicans surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll also said Santorum’s re-election prospects aren’t helped by his support of the president.
The poll showed Democratic state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr. leading the two-term Republican incumbent by 50 percent to 38 percent in the 2006 Senate race, compared to a 52-to-34 percent lead in Quinnipiac’s October poll. Voters also said they disapprove of Bush’s job performance, 59 percent to 38 percent.
The survey of 1,447 Pennsylvania voters was released one day after Santorum, the Senate’s No. 3 Republican, attended a speech by Bush in Philadelphia that was part of the president’s public relations campaign to promote Iraq war policies.
Santorum bypassed Bush’s last stop in Pennsylvania, at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Monroe County on Nov. 11, citing a prior commitment in Philadelphia.