A new ABC27 poll shows Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson is in trouble and either of her top two opponents could replace her.
Thompson took 13% to 30% each for city controller Dan Miller and bookstore owner Eric Papenfuse, 1% for former library assistant Lewis Butts while 23% remain undecided in the Democratic primary.
ABC27 commissioned the poll from Susquehanna Polling and Research, who surveyed 300 Harrisburg Democrats from May 9-10 via live telephone interviews. The margin of error is plus or minus 5.6%. It is the first independent poll released in the race.
Of the undecided, 13% said they’re leaning towards Papenfuse, 10% would go to Thompson, Miller would get an additional 6%, and 1% to Butts.
Perhaps even more troubling for Mayor Thompson is her approval rating. Only 21% of respondents had a favorable opinion of the mayor while 67% said they had an unfavorable opinion of Thompson. Only 10% said they had “a lot” of confidence in Thompson, 27% said they had “a little” confidence while an overwhelming 60% said they had “no confidence” at all.
The campaign has been heating as Papenfuse released a negative television ad against Miller last week. The ad sought to link him to Thompson.