President Barack Obama lost some traction in Pennsylvania due to the recent battle over raising the nation‟s debt limit. But members of Congress were the real losers because of the fight, according to the results of a recent poll.

“The President‟s disapproval rating definitely went up a bit,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which conducted the poll. “But members of Congress on both sides of the aisle really got clobbered.”

The poll shows that the President Obama has 54 - 43 percent disapproval among Pennsylvania voters. But it also shows that 44-37 percent of voters believe the President acted more responsibly than members of Congress during the debate.

Among those polled 68 – 28 percent disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, and 67 – 28 percent disapprove of the job Democrats in Congress are doing.

Pennsylvania voters also said, by a margin of 52 – 42 percent, that Obama does not deserve to be reelected. The poll also matched the President against possible Republican challengers:

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 44 percent to Obama‟s 42 percent;
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 43 percent to Obama‟s 45 percent;
  • Obama leads Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann 47 – 39 percent;
  • Obama tops Texas Gov. Rick Perry 45 – 39 percent.