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Pennsylvania poll release

Sep 05, 2018 • by Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin & Marshall College

Below are the highlights of the August 2018, Franklin & Marshall College Poll. Complete results can be found at http://www.fandm.edu/fandmpoll

More than half (54%) of the state’s registered voters are “very interested” in the 2018 mid-term elections; more Democrats (60%) than Republicans (53%) or independents (33%) say they are “very interested.”More than two in five (46%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believe Governor Tom Wolf is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor, which is similar to our March and June surveys.Two in five (41%) registered voters believe Senator Bob Casey is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as the state’s U.S. Senator, which is similar to his ratings in the June survey.About two in five (38%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes President Donald Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president, which is similar to his ratings in the June survey.More registered voters prefer the Democratic candidate for U.S. House (48%) than the Republican candidate for the U.S. House (39%).Two in three (67%) of those who plan to vote for a Democratic congressional candidate are casting their ballot mainly as a vote against President Trump and Republicans in Congress; while three in four (74%) of those who plan to vote for a Republican candidate are casting their ballot mainly as a vote to support President Trump and the Republicans in Congress.Governor Wolf (52%) currently leads his Republican challenger Scott Wagner (35%) among likely voters, although nearly one in eight (12%) voters remains undecided.Senator Casey (47%) currently holds a lead over his Republican challenger, Representative Lou Barletta (34%), among likely voters, although nearly one in five (19%) voters remains undecided.

This survey reflects interviews with 511 Pennsylvania registered voters, including 243 Democrats, 200 Republicans and 68 Independents conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from August 20-26, 2018. The sample error for this survey is +/- 6.1percentage points.  A complete methodological statement can be found in the complete report.

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