May 22, 2003 - Gay Issue Causes Little Pain For Santorum Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Pennsylvania Voters Back Bush Over Likely Dems
Pennsylvania voters say 75 - 17 percent that Sen. Rick Santorum should not resign his U.S. Senate leadership position because of his remarks about homosexuality, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters say 58 - 27 percent that homosexual behavior is morally wrong, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. But voters say 45 - 35 percent that homosexual relations between consenting adults should be legal.

Sen. Santorum has a 55 - 33 percent approval rating, with 12 percent undecided, compared to a 55 - 20 percent approval in an April 10 Quinnipiac University poll, when 24 percent were undecided.

Some 27 percent of Pennsylvania voters say they are "less likely" to vote for Santorum and 30 percent say they feel "less favorably" about him because of his comments about homosexual activity. But a majority say in response to both questions his comments make no difference in either how they would vote or how they feel.

"The folks back home in Pennsylvania are largely unconcerned about Sen. Santorum's remarks about homosexual activity. His approval numbers are as strong as ever," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"True, there has been a 13-point increase in the disapproval, largely coming from the undecided," Richards added.

"He's no Trent Lott, that's for sure. The handful who say he should resign from his Senate leadership position because of his remarks are probably diehard opponents. The Senator's comments caused an uproar nationally, but not back home."

Santorum has a 44 - 23 percent favorability rating, with 20 percent mixed and 12 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

President George W. Bush has a 64 - 31 percent approval among Pennsylvania voters, and tops likely Democratic challengers in an early look at the 2004 presidential race.
The matchups show:
  • President Bush over Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman 55 - 37 percent;
  • Bush over Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry 56 - 34 percent;
  • Bush over Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt 57 - 34 percent;
In each case, Bush gets 28 - 30 percent of the Democratic vote.
Looking at a possible Democratic presidential primary, no clear winner emerges:
  • Lieberman gets 26 percent;
  • Gephardt gets 17 percent;
  • Kerry gets 16 percent;
  • No other candidate breaks 6 percent;
  • 20 percent of Democrats are undecided.
"This early in the race, the Democratic presidential contest is wide open in Pennsylvania. Sen. Lieberman and "Don't Know" are out in front and all the others are battling to come in third," Richards said.

From May 13 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 952 Pennsylvania registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent. The survey includes 338 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 5.3 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the nation as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Arlen Specter is handling his job as United States Senator?

                      App       Dis       DK/NA


May 22, 2003 60 25 15 April 10, 2003 59 22 19 February 21, 2003 60 21 19 September 18, 2002 58 24 18 July 24, 2002 56 24 20 June 5, 2002 56 23 21



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rick Santorum is handling his job as United States Senator?

                      App       Dis       DK/NA


May 22, 2003 55 33 12 April 10, 2003 55 20 24 February 21, 2003 56 21 24 September 18, 2002 54 21 25 July 24, 2002 54 22 24 June 5, 2002 52 22 26



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

                      App       Dis       DK/NA


May 22, 2003 64 31 5 April 8, 2003 67 28 5 February 21, 2003 53 41 6 September 18, 2002 69 26 6 July 24, 2002 68 25 7 June 5, 2002 73 21 6



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Arlen Specter is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Approve 60% 62% 60% 60% 61% 60% 63% Disapprove 25 25 25 27 27 23 23 DK/NA 15 13 15 13 12 17 14

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Approve 65% 50% 70% 59% 48% 67% 62% Disapprove 25 31 20 27 29 18 24 DK/NA 10 19 10 14 23 16 14



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rick Santorum is handling his job as United States Senator?

                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Approve 55% 72% 40% 48% 54% 55% 52% Disapprove 33 19 46 38 36 30 38 DK/NA 12 9 14 14 9 15 10

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Approve 57% 49% 50% 48% 59% 60% 60% Disapprove 40 34 41 40 29 25 27 DK/NA 3 17 10 12 12 15 13



5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Approve 64% 87% 45% 59% 66% 62% 63% Disapprove 31 10 50 35 30 32 32 DK/NA 5 3 5 6 4 6 5

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Approve 64% 52% 60% 55% 57% 70% 78% Disapprove 31 43 35 40 40 22 18 DK/NA 5 5 6 4 3 8 4



6. Now I'm going to name nine Democrats who might run for president in 2004. After I read all nine names, tell me which one you would most like to see the Democrats nominate for president in 2004. Here are the choices... Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt, North Carolina Senator John Edwards, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, the Reverend Al Sharpton, Florida Senator Bob Graham, former Illinois Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, or Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
                     Dem 


Lieberman 26% Kerry 16 Gephardt 17 Edwards 6 Dean 3 Sharpton 3 Graham 3 Moseley-Braun 6 Kucinich - DK/NA 20



7. Suppose the general election for president were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Lieberman the Democrat and George W. Bush the Republican, for whom would you vote?

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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Lieberman 37% 7% 65% 41% 32% 41% 40% Bush 55 89 28 48 61 50 53 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 2 2 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 3 3 2 1 DK/NA 4 3 3 6 3 6 6

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Lieberman 45% 55% 39% 41% 39% 31% 21% Bush 47 35 57 50 52 61 71 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 4 1 - 1 2 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 6 1 3 1 1 1 DK/NA 1 3 3 4 5 5 6



8. Suppose the general election for president were being held today, and the candidates were John Kerry the Democrat and George W. Bush the Republican, for whom would you vote?
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Kerry 34% 7% 60% 37% 31% 37% 35% Bush 56 89 30 50 60 53 56 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 1 1 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 - 2 3 1 2 2 DK/NA 7 4 7 10 6 7 7

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Kerry 43% 49% 31% 39% 41% 29% 20% Bush 50 35 59 51 52 65 71 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 3 - - 1 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) - 5 2 1 2 1 - DK/NA 4 8 8 10 3 4 7



9. Suppose the general election for president were being held today, and the candidates were Dick Gephardt the Democrat and George W. Bush the Republican, for whom would you vote
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Gephardt 34% 6% 60% 38% 31% 36% 38% Bush 57 88 30 54 61 54 54 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 2 - 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 DK/NA 6 4 7 5 4 8 4

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Gephardt 38% 54% 31% 38% 41% 29% 20% Bush 55 33 59 53 47 63 73 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 1 1 1 - 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 4 2 1 2 4 0 DK/NA 4 8 6 7 8 4 5



10. Is your opinion of Pennsylvania Congressman Pat Toomey favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Favorable 5% 7% 3% 6% 6% 4% 5% Unfavorable 2 1 3 3 3 2 3 Mixed 4 3 5 5 5 4 2 Hvn't hrd enough 87 89 87 86 85 89 89 REFUSED 1 - 2 - - 1 1

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Favorable 1% 3% 16% 4% 3% 5% 5% Unfavorable 1 2 9 2 - 1 2 Mixed 3 4 5 5 4 2 4 Hvn't hrd enough 94 86 69 88 93 92 88 REFUSED - 4 1 - - - 1



11. Is your opinion of United States Senator Arlen Specter favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Favorable 47% 50% 47% 44% 48% 46% 51% Unfavorable 16 11 17 20 18 14 19 Mixed 24 26 23 23 23 25 23 Hvn't hrd enough 12 11 13 11 10 14 7 REFUSED 1 2 1 1 2 1 1

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Favorable 49% 44% 56% 42% 42% 47% 49% Unfavorable 19 18 13 19 12 13 14 Mixed 29 18 19 26 25 22 27 Hvn't hrd enough 3 16 10 11 21 18 11 REFUSED 1 4 1 1 - - -



12. Is your opinion of Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Favorable 44% 60% 32% 39% 46% 43% 37% Unfavorable 23 12 31 26 25 20 25 Mixed 20 17 23 20 16 24 28 Hvn't hrd enough 12 10 13 13 12 11 9 REFUSED 1 1 1 - 1 1 -

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Favorable 50% 32% 44% 32% 46% 56% 53% Unfavorable 30 25 30 28 20 13 16 Mixed 18 27 15 26 24 18 15 Hvn't hrd enough 3 14 9 14 10 12 15 REFUSED - 2 1 - - - 1



22. How much have you heard or read about the recent controversy surrounding comments by Senator Rick Santorum about homosexual acts? A lot, some, or not very much?
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


A lot 45% 45% 43% 51% 49% 42% 49% Some 26 30 22 28 24 28 22 Not very much 27 22 34 20 25 28 26 DK/NA 2 2 1 1 2 2 4

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

A lot 60% 56% 43% 53% 33% 35% 37% Some 20 19 28 27 27 31 29 Not very much 18 25 29 20 39 32 31 DK/NA 2 1 1 1 1 2 3



23. Do these comments by Senator Santorum make you think more favorably of Santorum, less favorably, or don't they affect your opinion of him?



                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


More favorably 14 18 10 13 16 11 17 Less favorably 30% 20% 38% 36% 29% 32% 29% No affect 52 57 47 47 50 53 49 DK/NA 4 5 4 4 5 4 5

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

More favorably 15 12 11 12 5 22 15 Less favorably 33% 41% 30% 37% 28% 17% 26% No affect 49 47 54 49 52 53 55 DK/NA 3 - 4 2 14 8 4



24. Because of these remarks are you more likely to vote for Senator Santorum, less likely, or don't they make any difference?
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


More likely 14% 20% 8% 13% 16% 11% 14% Less likely 27 16 37 31 25 30 28 No difference 55 60 50 53 56 54 54 DK/NA 4 4 5 3 3 5 4

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

More likely 12% 12% 13% 15% 4% 22% 14% Less likely 31 33 32 33 22 13 24 No difference 56 53 52 50 64 57 57 DK/NA 2 2 3 2 10 8 5



25. Some have suggested that because of his remarks Senator Santorum should resign from his position as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference Committee. Do you think Senator Santorum should resign from this position
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Yes 17% 9% 26% 18% 18% 16% 14% No 75 85 67 72 74 76 81 DK/NA 8 7 7 10 7 8 5

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Yes 16% 24% 15% 21% 19% 9% 15% No 79 68 76 73 72 81 75 DK/NA 4 8 9 6 9 10 9



26. Do you think homosexual relations between consenting adults should or should not be legal?
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Should be legal 45% 38% 49% 48% 45% 46% 44% Should not be legal 35 42 31 34 37 33 33 DK/NA 19 20 20 18 18 21 22

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Should be legal 40% 50% 50% 61% 46% 38% 34% Should not be legal 39 31 32 22 33 42 45 DK/NA 21 18 17 17 22 21 21



27. In general, do you personally believe that homosexual behavior is morally acceptable or morally wrong?
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                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    hsHlds


Acceptable 27% 23% 30% 30% 27% 28% 24% Wrong 58 65 53 57 61 55 63 DK/NA 14 12 17 13 12 17 13

Algny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl

Accep 25% 27% 32% 35% 19% 18% 28% Wrong 62 49 50 49 67 72 62 DK/NA 12 23 18 16 14 10 10