Pennsylvania Poll: Pro-Life Pat Toomey Still Leads Pro-Abortion Joe Sestek

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pennsylvania Poll: Pro-Life Pat Toomey Still Leads Pro-Abortion Joe Sestak

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 19
, 2010

Harrisburg, PA ( — The new numbers in the high-profile Pennsylvania Senate race remain relatively unchanged from last month — which means pro-life candidate Pat Toomey continues to lead pro-abortion candidate Joe Sestak. This is one of several Senate races that provide pro-life advocates with a potential pickup.

The winner will replace pro-abortion. Sen Arlen Specter, whom Sesak defeated in the Democratic primary earlier this year.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters shows Toomey with 45% support, while Sestak earns 38% of the vote. Six percent back another candidate and 12 percent are undecided.

Last month, Toomey held a near-identical 45% to 39% lead and that consistency in the results leads pollster Scott Rasmnussen to say the race is stabilizing in Toomey’s favor.

"In fact, except for a brief surge after his mid-May victory over incumbent Arlen Specter in the state’s Democratic Senate Primary, support for Sestak has remained in the 36% to 40% range in matchups with Toomey back to February. In those same surveys, Toomey has received 42% to 47% of the vote," he said.

With this latest result, the race is shifting from Toss-Up to Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports rankings of Senate races.

"Findings in Pennsylvania mirror the political mood found in much of the country, with voters pessimistic about the economy and critical of government actions like the new national health care bill,’ Rasmussen continued.

In fact, 61 percent of Pennsylvania voters favor repeal of the new pro-abortion national health care bill which Sestak voted for as a member of the House, while 35% oppose repeal. This is a bit higher than support for repeal nationwide.

Pennsylvania’s Senate race is one of about 10-12 nationally that provide pro-life advocates with a chance to gain seats and possibly control of the Senate, which backed the pro-abortion health care bill and has promoted other abortion funding President Barack Obama supports.

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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