Sorry Wawa. A poll of Pa. voters shows that a majority prefer Altoona-based Sheetz over the Philadelphia chain.
The survey by newly formed firm Harper Polling showed that 51 percent of Pa. voters prefer Sheetz compared to 26 percent for Wawa. Lancaster-based Turkey Hill (13%), Dallas, Tx.-based 7-Eleven (7%) and York-based Rutter’s (3%) round out the five chains polled.
The GOP pollster called 798 registered voters on Jan. 7 via IVR. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.47 percent.
Wrote Brock McCleary in his analysis:
Sheetz’s popularity is strongest in Pittsburgh/Southwest and Erie/Northwest at a remarkable 88% and 80% respectively. Men are more likely (54%) to rate Sheetz as their favorite store than women (49%). While women are more likely (30%) to pick Wawa than men (21%).
Wawa’s regional dominance in the Southeast is unmistakable. It’s the top pick of the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia at 60% and 88% respectively.
Republicans are 15% more likely to call Sheetz their favorite store (59% to 45%). While Democrats are 11% more likely to pick Wawa over Republicans (31% to 20%).