Pennsylvania Poll Has Pro-Life Pat Toomey Leading Pro-Abortion Joe Sestak

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pennsylvania Poll Has Pro-Life Pat Toomey Leading Pro-Abortion Joe Sestak

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 1
, 2010

Harrisburg, PA ( — Pat Toomey, the pro-life candidate for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, has a small lead over his pro-abortion rival Joe Sestak. A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Toomey with a 45-39 percentage point lead over Sestak, who defeated pro-abortion Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary.

The survey shows six percent of Pennsylvania voters prefer another candidate and 11 percent remain undecided with about four months left before they head to the polls.

The June 29 survey shows the race has changed little since the beginning of the month and a review of prior results highlights just how stable the huge Senate race has been to date.

Toomey’s support has stayed in a very narrow range of 42% to 47%. Sestak’s support has showed more movement, ranging from a low of 36% to a high of 46%.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen adds: "However, most of that movement came as he surged to victory over Specter in the Democratic primary. Other than polling conducted just before and just after the primary election, the Democratic nominee’s support has remained between 36% and 38%."

The new Rasmussen survey shows 81 percent of Republicans support Toomey, 70 percent of Democrats back Sestak and Toomey enjoys a nine percentage point lead among voters not affiliated with either political party.

"Toomey is now viewed Very Favorably by 17% of the state’s voters and Very Unfavorably by 13%. For Sestak, those numbers are 16% on the positive side and 16% on the negative side. For both men, the numbers are down a bit from earlier in the month," Rasmussen adds.

The battle over the pro-abortion health care bill appears to be giving Toomey an advantage as 54 percent of Keystone State voters favor repeal of the recently passed health care law and they lean towards Toomey.

Last month, the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Toomey.

"As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pat Toomey had a solid pro-life record," NRLC PAC director Karen Cross told

"Among his numerous pro-life votes, Pat Toomey voted to ban partial-birth abortions and voted for a bill that would prevent minor daughters from being taken across state lines for secret abortions without parental notice. Pat Toomey also consistently voted against federal funding of abortion," Cross explained.

On the other hand, his opponent, Joe Sestak, voted against pro-life legislation every chance he had, Cross said.

"Joe Sestak even voted to enact President Obama’s pro-abortion healthcare legislation, which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments," Cross explained.

"Pat Toomey has proven his commitment to protect our most vulnerable citizens – our unborn children," Cross said. "Pat Toomey’s pro-life record should earn him the support of all voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family."

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