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.
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.