And the White House can’t be too optimistic when looking at Obama’s standing in the key battleground states. Obama’s approval rating is at 42 percent in Pennsylvania, according to a new Public Policy Polling (D) survey. His favorability rating in the Keystone State was even lower, at 41 percent, in a separate mid-March Franklin and Marshall poll. It’s a Democratic-leaning state, but one filled with blue-collar voters and seniors. Winning re-election without Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would be difficult.