F&M Poll: Casey Starts Re-elect Cycle with Higher Approval Than Last Time

Bob-CaseyThe latest Franklin & Marshall poll should put Senator Bob Casey in a good mood.  He is in a better position than he was at this point in his successful 2012 re-election

Casey’s approval numbers show him with a 37% approval rating, compared to 29% in an F&M poll from March 2011. 10% had Casey doing an excellent job and 27% rated him doing a good job. On the disapproval side, 31% said he was doing a “fair job” compared with 14% saying “poor job.”  We are still over 20 months away from election day 2018 the numbers should help motivate his supporters and donors.  

Casey’s personal favorability among voters has seen a similar increase since this time in his last re-election cycle.  Currently 41% of Pennsylvanians have a favorable view of Casey, a full 16 points higher than in March 2011.  

There’s one important caveat: the March 2011 poll surveyed adults in general, including some who were not registered to vote.

Casey’s numbers by region show a fairly good picture for re-election, polling above 30% in all of the geographic regions of the state.  But Casey’s numbers with non-whites are not as favorable, with 67% rating him as fair or poor and 32% positively.  For comparison, Governor Tom Wolf has a 36/55 split with non-whites and President Trump is at 5/92.  

Franklin & Marshall surveyed 816 registered voters from February 15-19. Respondents were contacted by letter and given the choice between phone interview or online interview. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent.

F&M calculates job approval differently than most pollsters that tends to result in lower ratings – regardless of party. Respondents choose between a rating of excellent, good, fair, and poor. The approval numbers are pulled from the excellent and good categories.

8 Responses

  1. I suggest that Casey has improving numbers as the race gets closer and Toomey avoids speaking or more importantly listening to his constituents in PA.

  2. Time for the Dem’s to go to Men’s Warehouse and get another empty suit. This one is looking a little out of style from being in the closet for 10 years.

  3. Great! I think people really love the way he is standing up to Trump. Hope he keeps going!!!! 🙂 It is nice to have one sane Senator.

  4. Fake news. Junk Polls. F & M Terry Madonna polls were pathetically inaccurate in the last election cycle. He had Hillary winning PA by 11 points. How did that work out?

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