The Washington Times - August 2, 2011, 08:16AM

Fifty-two percent of voters in the key swing state of Pennsylvania say President Obama doesn’t deserve to be re-elected, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

Pennsylvanians disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance by 54 percent to 43 percent. But they said the president acted more responsibly than congressional Republicans in the debt crisis, 44 percent to 37 percent. The survey was taken Sunday, just before negotiators announced an agreement.

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In matchups with potential Republican presidential nominees, Mr. Obama barely edged out Pennsylvania native son Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator, by 45 percent to 43 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney now leads Mr. Obama in Pennsylvania, 44 percent to 42 percent. A month ago, Mr. Romney trailed the
president in the Keystone state, 47 percent to 40 percent.

Mr. Obama tops Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 45 percent to 39 percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, 47 percent to 39 percent, in the Pennsylvania survey.