F&M Poll: Kavanaugh, Health Care Energize Voters

Member Group : G. Terry Madonna & Michael Young

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

* Nearly three in four (71%) of the state’s registered voters are “very interested” in the 2018 elections, an increase of ten points since our September survey.

  • Similar proportions of Republicans (75%) and Democrats (73%) say they are “very interested” in the election which is a change from our September survey when more Democrats (64%) than Republicans (58%) or independents (49%) were “very interested.”
  • The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh (63%), efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (60%), and the separation of immigrant families (57%) have each made voters a “great deal more interested” in voting.
  • About one in two (54%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes Governor Wolf is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor.
  • Two in five (43%) registered voters believe Senator Bob Casey is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as the state’s U.S. Senator.
  • About two in five (36%) 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 September survey.
  • More registered voters prefer the Democratic candidate for U.S. House (53%) than the Republican candidate for the U.S. House (38%). Among likely voters, more favor a Democrat (52%) than a Republican (39%) for the U.S. House.
  • President Trump continues to be an essential motivating force in the upcoming mid-term elections. Two in three (69%) of those who plan to vote for a Democratic candidate are casting their ballot mainly as a vote against President Trump and Republicans in Congress, while four in five (83%) 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 (59%) currently leads his Republican challenger Scott Wagner (33%) among likely voters, with (5%) remaining undecided.
  • Senator Casey (50%) leads his Republican challenger, Representative Lou Barletta (35%), among likely voters, with (14%) remaining undecided.

This survey reflects interviews with 537 Pennsylvania registered voters, including 254 Democrats, 211 Republicans and 72 Independents conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from October 22-28, 2018. The sample error for this survey is +/- 6.0 percentage points.  A complete methodological statement can be found in the full report.

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/PennLive, LNP media group, and the Reading Eagle. It may be used in whole or in part, provided any use is attributed to the college.