April 28, 2009 - Quinnipiac University Poll Showed Specter Running Better As A Democrat Word format A March 25, 2009 Quinnipiac University poll showed Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter running more successfully as a Democrat for reelection and receiving a 71 - 16 percent approval rating from Democrats. Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, is available to comment. Attached are highlights from the March 25 poll, also available at http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201. Longtime Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter trails former Congressman Pat Toomey 41 - 27 percent in a Republican primary for the 2010 Senate race, with 28 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released March 25. Overall Pennsylvania voters have a 45 - 31 percent favorable opinion of Sen. Specter, but he gets a 47 - 29 percent unfavorable score from Republicans. The Republican gets a 60 - 16 percent thumbs up from Democrats and a 41 - 35 percent positive from independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Voters approve 52 - 33 percent of the job Specter is doing, with a 71 - 16 percent positive from Democrats and a 41 - 37 percent boost from independent voters, off-setting a 52 - 36 percent disapproval from Republicans. This is Specter's highest approval among Democrats and lowest approval among Republicans since Quinnipiac University began polling Pennsylvania in 2002. Specter's support of President Barack Obama's Stimulus Package wins 87 - 6 percent support from Democrats and 56 - 38 percent support from independent voters, while Republican voters disapprove 70 - 25 percent. For more data or RSS feed -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.