Reader Poll: Which Lt. Gov candidate will be the first on TV?

tv1With the recent premiere of Allyson Schwartz’s first commercial, every Democratic hopeful for Governor has now made it to the small screen.

As a result, it seems like the perfect time to ask which of their potential running mates will be the first to join them.

So far, only Mark Smith’s campaign has released a web video yet Mike Stack has an impressive $700,000 cash on hand.

Until that first ad comes, though, there’s no way to know for sure so we thought we’d ask you our readers for your prediction.

Note: No, this isn’t deja vu, we did run this poll once before. Due to site issues, though, we were unable to compile any votes for our polls so we’re going to give this question another shot.

So, which Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor do you believe will be the first to advertise on TV?

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Reader Poll: Wolf Has Best TV Ads

wolf adToday marks four weeks from primary election day.

With all four Democratic candidates and Governor Corbett all now on the air, we decided to ask you the readers which candidate you personally felt has made the best TV ads so far.

Even though there were five options, Democratic front-runner Tom Wolf still won with a majority of votes, totaling 146 in all.

Rob McCord followed behind in second with 43 readers while Governor Corbett took third place with 35 votes.

Allyson Schwartz came in fourth with 30 while Katie McGinty brought up the rear with 25 readers feeling she had the best ads.

The results, though, don’t answer the question of whether this is perception or reality. Do people find Tom Wolf’s ads the best because they elevated him to the top of the polls or did the belief among voters that his ads were the best put him atop those polls? Chicken, egg, etc.

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Reader Poll: Which Gubernatorial Candidate Has Released the Best Ads?

tvWell, it’s campaign finance report week once again and we know that much of that money, for better or worse, will be going towards TV ads.

With the premiere of Allyson Schwartz’s first commercial last month all four Democratic challengers and the incumbent Governor have all made it onto the airwaves.

Therefore, this week we decided to ask you our readers which candidate has made the best TV spots so far.

To be clear, we’re not asking whose ads have been most effective overall as Wolf’s barrage of commercials have clearly moved his numbers the most at this point. Nor are we asking who your favorite candidate is but rather which one you honestly feel has made the best advertisements for their campaign.

We’ve tried to keep up with each new ad, so comb through PoliticsPA articles to refresh your memory of what’s run on TV thus far.

So, which candidate do you think has released the best TV ads?

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Reader Poll: Guzzardi Won’t Survive Petition Challenge

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When it comes to the battle between businessman and gubernatorial candidate Bob Guzzardi and the state Republican Party it appears our readers are pessimistic that Guzzardi stands a chance.

Guzzardi shocked the state’s political world when he amassed enough signatures to make the May 20th GOP primary ballot against Governor Tom Corbett. His petitions were soon challenged, however, by four Republicans backed by the state party.

With the fight currently in the courts, we decided to ask our readers whether they thought Guzzardi would survive the challenge and ultimately be on the ballot come May 20th.

Nearly two-thirds of voters felt he wouldn’t. 92 readers said Guzzardi would not be able to overcome his opponents while 54 said he would win and get his day with Governor Corbett at the ballot box.

An important note: There were an unusually low number of voters in this week’s poll for a simple yet frustrating reason. The shutting down of PoliticsPA’s server on Tuesday made readers unable to respond to the poll and we were unfortunately unable to fix it.

The full results are included below:

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Mercyhurst Center: Pennsylvanians Support Marijuana Legalization

marijuana_leafThe Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics found that Pennsylvanians support the legalization of marijuana, 48% to 42%.

In an even stronger show of support for marijuana, 85% say that patients should be allowed to use marijuana when prescribed by a doctor and a solid majority (59%) says that they favor decriminalizing the possession of the drug.

When presented with a list of possible approaches to regulating the use of marijuana and asked which option best matches their opinion, 33% say they prefer allowing the use of marijuana by patients with a doctor’s prescription and 31% say they prefer making use of the drug legal for all adults. 15% prefer decriminalization of marijuana use, and 8% say the law should be left alone and 7% say it should be harsher.

Of those polled, 35% were Republicans, 38% were Democrats, 25% were Independent and 4% either refused, didn’t know or identified with another party.

The majority of the poll focused on the varying degrees of marijuana legalization, but they also asked whether they would support Governor Tom Corbett for reelection in the fall.

31% said they would vote for Corbett, 49% said they would support a Democratic candidate and 19% remain undecided.

Interviews were completed with 495 registered voters in Pennsylvania. For a sample size of 495, there is a 95 percent probability that our survey results are within plus or minus 4.3 points (the margin of error) of the actual population distribution for any given question. For subsamples the margin of error is larger (depending on the size of the subsample). The data were weighted on age and gender to correct for minor discrepancies between the sample and population. Question order was randomized whenever possible. Due to rounding, column totals may not equal 100 percent. Bracketed or italicized text are instructions to interviewers.

Reader Poll: Trivedi or Parrish in PA-6?

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Last month, Rep. Jim Gerlach shocked the political world by announcing his retirement from Congress.

While the move initially brought chaos to the Republican Party, they eventually rallied around Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello. The Democrats, however, find themselves with an intriguing primary match-up.

Mike Parrish, an ex-Republican, had already entered the race before Gerlach’s announcement and was expected to have an easy path to the nomination. Despite efforts by national Democratic leaders to keep it that way, however, one opponent emerged.

Manan Trivedi was the Democratic nominee against Jim Gerlach in 2010 and 2012. After the incumbent dropped out, Trivedi decided to run hoping the third time would prove the charm. Trivedi also received a large number of local endorsements in an attempt to counter Parrish’s bigger political muscle, the DCCC.

So, we ask you our readers, which Democrat do you think will win the primary in PA-6?

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Reader Poll: Five Candidates Will Be on the Dem Primary Ballot

balloThe May primary election is just three months away, yet the field for the Democratic nomination for Governor still isn’t set in stone.

Currently there are seven candidates; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has already entered and dropped out while a potential Jack Wagner campaign looms on the horizon.

So, with that situation still somewhat up in the air, we decided to ask you our readers how many candidates you believe will be on the Democratic gubernatorial ballot come May 20th.

It appears from the results that our readers feel it’s more likely there will be fewer candidates come election day. 143 said that there would be five Democrats on the ballot while 83 chose four.

32 readers responded that six candidates will make the cut while only 20 voters said it would be the current tally of seven. Finally, three candidates finished last with just the support of 19 readers.

The full results of the poll are posted below:

How many Democratic candidates for governor will be on the ballot in May?

  • 5 (48%)
  • 4 (28%)
  • 6 (11%)
  • 7 (7%)
  • 3 (6%)

Total Voters: 305

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Reader Poll: How Many Dem Governor Candidates Will Be on the Ballot?

balloWe’re only about three months away, yet the field in the chaotic Democratic primary for Governor still isn’t set.

Recently, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski dropped out of the race and just last week former Auditor General Jack Wagner revealed he is still considering whether or not to jump into the race.

As it stands now, there are seven declared candidates in the race: State Treasurer Rob McCord, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Department of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz and minister Max Myers.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the list above will be the same lineup voters will see come May 20th.

Petition period begins soon, and when they’re due, our field will be set.

So, we ask you the readers, how many candidates do you think will be on the Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot on May 20th?


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Reader Poll: Who Should Republicans Nominate in PA-6?

balloCongressman Jim Gerlach shocked the political world last week when he announced that he would not seek re-election this November. All of sudden, a formerly safe seat in the House of Representatives was up for grabs.

Gerlach’s retirement has led several Republicans to consider entering the race, especially after redistricting made the perennial toss-up 6th District a bit more red.

Among those mentioned as potential candidates are Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello and Chester County Republican Chairman Val DiGiorgio. State Senator John Rafferty hasn’t ruled out a run and former U.S. Senate candidate Sam Rohrer also remains in the mix.

Additionally, this weekend businessman Patrick Collins threw his name into consideration while noting that because of the short four-month “sprint” to the primary this race presents an usual opportunity.

So, we ask you, who do you think Republicans should nominate to replace Jim Gerlach in PA-6?

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Reader Poll: Democrats Should Nominate Smith in HD-164



If our poll is any indication, State Representative Margo Davidson may face a difficult Democratic primary in her quest for re-election.

This news comes as a bit of a surprise as Davidson made a splash in 2011 when she became the first female and black legislator of her Delaware County district. There has even been talk of her pursuing a candidacy for the Lieutenant Governorship. Last year, however, she made headlines with some votes on abortion and school vouchers that angered the Democratic base.

Apparently, those votes have taken a toll on Davidson as former Philly Assistant DA and Lansdowne Councilman Billy Smith took over half of the vote in our three-way poll with Davidson and fellow challenger and political newcomer Dafan Zhang.

Smith finished with 139 votes while Davidson was chosen by only 62 readers. Finally, 44 respondents answered that they intend to support Zhang.

The full results of the poll are included below:

Who should Democrats nominate in HD-164?

  • Billy Smith (57%)
  • Margo Davidson (25%)
  • Dafan Zhang (18%)

Total Voters: 249

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