John Fetterman and David McCormick were the top choices as U.S. Senate candidates in the latest Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College poll that was released Thursday morning.
Fetterman received 28 percent of the 185 responses to the question, “If the Democratic primary election for US Senate were being held today (who) would you vote for”? Conor Lamb was a distant second at 15 percent, while Malcolm Kenyatta garnered just two percent of the responses. Forty-four percent or approximately 80 people indicated that they were not sure or did not know.
Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor, fell from his October 2021 high of 34 percent, while Lamb picked up three percentage points.
Respondents said that the economy, jobs, education and healthcare were their most important issues when considering a choice for the Democratic nominee.
On the GOP side, McCormick held the slight lead with 13 percent of the 178 responses to the question, “If the Republican primary election for US Senate were being held today (who) would you vote for”? Carla Sands (11%) and Mehmet Oz (10%) also secured at least 10 percent of the 178 responses. Kathy Barnette and Jeff Bartos rounded out the individual selections at six and four percent, respectively. A whopping 53 percent or approximately 94 people indicated that they were not sure or did not know.
The poll also asked GOP respondents “which candidate would be your second choice”? McCormick also topped that list at 15 percent, followed by Barnette and Bartos at 12 percent and Oz at 11 percent.
Twenty-two percent of the Republican responses stated that the economy and inflation were the most important issues when it comes to supporting a candidate, followed by his/her personal characteristics.
In what could be a portent of things to come, 42 percent of the total respondents indicated a preference for a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in their district over just 38 percent for the Democrat.
Fox News still rules the roost when it comes to the cable network that respondents rely on the most by 2-to-1 over CNN.
Other key hot-button issues:
- 84 percent think abortion should be legal (all or any circumstances)
- 70 percent oppose eliminating concealed carry licensing in PA
- 55 percent think it is better to change public policies through voter approved constitutional amendments
- 52 percent support PA selling the state-owned liquor stores to private companies