F & M Polls Post Obama PA Lead at 9%

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** Franklin & Marshall College Poll
The 21st year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

Below are the highlights of the September 2012, Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters. Complete results can be found at
The September 2012, Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters finds Barack Obama with a 9 point lead among likely voters and with an 11 point lead among registered voters over Mitt Romney.

Complete results, including detailed methodology, can be found at
(http://politics.fandm.edu/) .

* Obama leads Romney, 50% to 39%, with 6% undecided among registered voters and a slightly smaller lead among likely voters, 52% to 43%, with 3% undecided.
* Bob Casey leads Tom Smith, 46% to 34%, with 14% undecided in the US Senate race.
Among likely voters, Casey’s lead is smaller, 48% to 38%, with 8% undecided.
* Obama is seen as better able to handle foreign policy issues, 56% to 33%, better able to understand the concerns of ordinary Americans, 59% to 32%, better able to handle the job as military chief, 53% to 38%, closest to voters’ views on abortion and gay marriage, 48% to 39%, and more prepared to fix our economic problems, 47% to 43%.
* Obama is viewed favorably by 50% of respondents to Romney’s 34%.
* President Obama’s job performance rating is more negative (47%) than positive (52%).
* More voters support the state’s voter ID law than oppose it, 59% to 39%.
* Almost half (49%) of voters think the next Attorney General should further review the way then Attorney General Tom Corbett investigated the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case.

This survey reflect interviews with 632 Pennsylvania voters conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from September 18-23, 2012 (sample error of +/- 3.9%). The survey includes 392 interviews with likely voters (sample error of +/- 4.9%).

The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the
Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review,
WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers,
Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Lancaster Newspapers. It may be used in whole or in
part, provided any use is attributed to Franklin & Marshall College.

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