Poll: Tax-cut deal a positive for Obama in Pa.

A new poll out Thursday shows overwhelming support for the tax-cut deal reached by President Obama and Senate Republicans among voters in the key presidential state of Pennsylvania. 

A full 69 percent of voters there approve of the compromise, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, which also notes a slight uptick in Obama's approval numbers in the state. 

Obama won Pennsylvania with 55 percent of the vote in 2008, but has seen his ratings fall sharply in the state over the past two years.   

The president's approval is still largely split among Pennsylvania voters, with just 44 percent approving to 43 percent who disapprove. But that's an improvement from this past summer, when a Q-poll found 49 percent of voters in the state disapproving of the president's performance. 

The July poll also found 48 percent of voters who thought Obama didn't deserve election to a second term — that number is now 44 percent. 

Obama's overall numbers are still in the danger zone in Pennsylvania as he gets just 41 percent of the vote against a generic Republican in a hypothetical 2012 match-up, but the tax-cut compromise that has incensed the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is overwhelmingly popular with independents in the state.   

A full 72 percent of independent voters approve of the deal, along with 72 percent of Republicans. The number is just slightly lower among Democrats, with 66 percent approving of the compromise.

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released late Wednesday also showed widespread approval of the tax-cut compromise, which cleared the Senate easily Wednesday and is set for a vote in the House as early as today. That poll measured 59 percent of voters in agreement with the tax-cut deal.