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Pa. poll good, bad for Obama; Corbett, senators get low marks

HARRISBURG — A new independent poll released Thursday showed President Barack Obama beating several hypothetical Republican opponents in Pennsylvania, although Obama has yet to win over the state’s voters in his re-election bid.

Fewer than 40 percent gave an excellent or good review to the Democratic president, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and U.S. senators Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, according to the Franklin & Marshall College poll. When Obama is not lined up against a named opponent, 52 percent of those surveyed said he doesn’t deserve re-election next year.

The phone poll of 419 registered voters carried a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.

In theoretical matchups with GOP contenders, the president beat Romney 35 percent to 26 percent, Herman Cain 38 percent to 24 percent, former Sen. Rick Santorum 38 percent to 25 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry 40 percent to 20 percent.

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