PPP's newest Pennsylvania Senate poll continues to find Pat Toomey with mediocre approval numbers, but leading the Democratic field.
30% of voters approve of the job Toomey is doing to 37% who disapprove. Those numbers are little changed from when we polled the state in January and found 28% approving to 35% who disapproved. Throughout his first term we've consistently found Toomey with about a third of voters approving of him, about a third disapproving, and about a third having no opinion either way.
Despite his weak approval though, Toomey still leads half a dozen announced and hypothetical candidates we tested against him by anywhere from 4 to 11 points. The Democrat who comes closest to Toomey is 2010 candidate Joe Sestak, who trails by 4 points at 42/38. That's pretty similar to his 2 point margin of defeat the first time the two faced off. 54% of voters have no opinion either way about Sestak, indicating he's lost most of the name recognition he built up in his first run. Toomey leads the other announced Democratic candidate, Ed Pawlowski, 44/34. Pawlowski is little known statewide with 28% name recognition.
We also tested 4 other Democrats against Toomey- three who have expressed interest at some point in challenging him and one reach candidate. Seth Williams (30% name recognition), Chris Carney (29% name recognition), and Vincent Hughes (28% name recognition) are all relatively unknown across the state. They trail Toomey by similar margins- Carney and Hughes are each down by 9 at 44/35, and Williams is down by 11 at 44/33.