The Problem of Pennsylvania

This is why the gun control debate isn’t going away in Pennsylvania.

It’s kind of funny that we’re not currently facing any serious threats at the state level, yet Pennsylvania seems to be right on an edge of voting for major gun control supporters.

It doesn’t make me feel any better that some are speculating a MAIG mayor who raised tons of cash for a re-election effort that was abruptly cancelled may turn that into a super PAC fund.

9 Responses to “The Problem of Pennsylvania”

  1. Really, how the !@#$% does Senator Casey have a 48% approval rating. It’s darn near impossible to even get a reply to a letter or email on a topic with the man.

    This is the problem. Most Americans suffer from major normalcy bias. And just want to believe everything is okay.


    How do you win against ignorance and apathy?

  2. Andy B. says:

    To stretch for a little bit of optimism, that poll may reflect new approval by people who had no idea who Toomey was, before, and are approving of having a visible senator. When it comes down to issues, remember that we are the ones who are more likely to remember what he did that we didn’t like, and to act on it at the next election.

    I think “real” politicians know that, so, gun control is not as encouraged as it might be.

    OK, that will be my pollyannaism for the this week.

  3. Until I saw the actual wording of the questions in the Quinnipiac Poll, I would be skeptical.

  4. Bubblehead Les says:

    Actually, I “feel your pain.” Ohio has a big State Election next year, and I can see the Modern Demacommie Party getting some key slots like A.G and Governor. Then hold on, it’ll be a Rough Ride.

  5. Clay says:

    In the same poll it says that the approval rating on gun issues is negative for both Obama and Casey so I not quite sure I would put to much faith in the accuracy of this poll.

  6. WhiskeyWasOnceMoney says:

    Considering that response rates to phone polls last fall were in the neighborhood of 9% (if memory serves), I wonder how many numbers Quinnipiac had to dial to get their 1,235 responses.

    Why does this matter? When response rates are low, patterns of response (if any) become important. If people on one side or the other of an issue are more (or less) inclined to respond, the results may be influenced thereby. (I’m an academic — believe it or not — and falling survey response rates are a real issue in research these days.)

    From the information available in the article, there’s no telling whether that’s the case with this Quinnipiac poll, so the prudent course at the moment is probably to proceed on the assumption that it can be taken at face value.

    • Zermoid says:

      I know that if I don’t recognize the number calling in, I don’t answer it. And if I’m not in arms reach of the phone I also don’t answer it. That’s what I pay for voicemail for.

      The wife however will race to the nearest phone to answer it no matter who calls.

      I’ll never understand that……

  7. Clay says:

    There is a good article about this particular issue over at

  8. Zermoid says:

    How the hell can Toomey’s approval among Republicans GO UP?!?!?!

    I personally feel betrayed and POed.

    I THOUGHT I was sending someone who would stand up for my rights to Washington, not someone who would stab me in the back.


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