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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows the battle over the nation’s debt in Washington has left everyone in the process on the “outs” with Pennsylvania voters.

The polling period for the survey ended Sunday, so the results largely reflect the mood of Pennsylvania voters before the debt agreement was announced (see previous story).

But it does show that while Keystone State voters think Pres. Obama, by a seven-point margin, acted more responsibly than Congressional Republicans, it also leaves Obama with a 54 percent disapproval rating (versus 43 percent who “approve”).

“From the president on down through freshmen in Congress, Pennsylvanians are pretty much disgusted with what’s happened in the last month or so,” notes Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “There are no winners in this as far as popularity goes.”

One curious poll result shows President Obama running virtually even with conservative Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum, who was trounced in his bid for re-election to the US Senate.

Obama and Mitt Romney are also evenly matched, but the president leads potential GOP challengers Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg bureau chief Tony Romeo

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