According to a Harper Polling survey, Senator Pat Toomey would win reelection against either Attorney General Kathleen Kane or his 2010 opponent and former Congressman Joe Sestak.
In a hypothetical race against Toomey, Kane performs better than Sestak but still loses, 49% to 44%. Sestak loses 49% to 42%.
Party affiliation in this poll broke down to 43% Republican, 44% Democrat and 13% Independent or Other. Among independents, Toomey leads Kane by 8% and Sestak by 18%.
Toomey performs better than his Pennsylvanian colleague, Senator Bob Casey, when asked whether each senator is part of problem or solution to the political problems of Washington, although both are given negative results.
After less than one term, 41% percent of voters perceive Toomey as “part of the problem” in Washington, 38% view him as “part of the solution” and 21% are unsure. For Casey, 44% of voters perceive him as part of the problem while 35% believe he is part of solution.
When analyzing these results, it’s important to note that Harper Polling is itself a Republican firm and is affiliated with Long Nyquist and Associates, a GOP consulting firm.
The sample size for the survey is 604 likely voters and the margin of error is +/-4%. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) automated telephone survey was conducted December 21-22, 2013 by Harper Polling. The total percentages for responses may not equal 100% due to rounding.