By Alex Roarty
PoliticsPA Staff Writer
Republican Tim Burns leads Democrat Mark Critz by 3 points, 44 percent to 41 percent, in their special election battle to succeed the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha, a Public Policy Poll released Tuesday shows.
Perhaps the biggest takeway from the new survey is the district’s distaste, even among Democrats, of President Obama and the Democrats recently approved health care reform. Just half the area’s Democrats approve of the job the president is doing, the poll reports, substantially lower than party members nationwide.
And only 43 percent of them supported the health care bill, it reported, evidence as to why Critz, Murth’s former district director, has publicly opposed the legislation.
The race, however, remains a statistical dead heat between the two men. A poll commissioned by a conserative group shows the businessman Burns trailing Critz by 1 point, The Fix reports.