Q Poll: Schwartz, Sestak Lead Dem Guv Primary
Allyson Schwartz and Joe Sestak are tied for the lead among Democratic voters. But 59% are undecided and no candidate has over 50% name ID, according to the latest survey from Quinnipiac.
Congresswoman Schwartz and former Congressman Sestak each take 15% in a hypothetical 7-way primary.
Schwartz lead among women 16% to Sestak’s 12%, while the former admiral led among men 20% to 13%.
State Treasurer Rob McCord and former Pa. Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf are tied for 3rd place with 3% each. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and state Sen. Mike Stack (D-Phila) each take 1% and former Pa. DEP Sec. John Hanger took none.
Sestak, McCord, Pawloski and Stack have not declared candidacies for Governor. The poll did not include former DEP Sec. Katie McGinty or pastor Max Myers, both of whom have.
The pollster measured McCord, Schwartz and Sestak against Gov. Tom Corbett.
Sestak did best, leading the incumbent Republican by 14 points, 48% to 34%. Schwartz lead by 13 points, 47% to 34% and McCord lead by 9 points, 44% to 35%. The gender gap that hurts Corbett’s approval ratings boosts all three Democrats.
But even Sestak, who ran statewide for U.S. Senate in 2010, could not crack 50% name ID. He was viewed favorably by Democrats 27% to 15% by 58% didn’t know enough to form an opinion.
Schwartz, who ran statewide in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 2000, was viewed favorably 20% to 10%. 69% didn’t know enough to form an opinion.
McCord was elected Treasurer in 2008 and re-elected last year, but 85% didn’t know enough about him to form an opinion. He was viewed favorably 9% to 5%.
“Pennsylvania voters, even Democrats, don’t know much about the challengers in the 2014 governor’s race,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Right now, voters are doing their ABCs – Anyone But Corbett.”
Quinnipiac surveyed 547 registered Democrats from April 19 to 24 via live interviews on landlines and cell phones. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.2%.