Those are the findings of the new Franklin & Marshall poll.
F&M matched up both Democratic candidates, former Congressman Joe Sestak and ex-DEP Secretary Katie McGinty, against incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
Toomey leads Sestak 41% to 29% with 31% undecided. That’s an improvement for the Senator since June when he lead Sestak by just four points (35% to 31%).
Meanwhile, Toomey is also ahead of McGinty although by a smaller margin, 35% to 28%. The plurality of respondents, 38%, were not sure who they would support.
Franklin & Marshall were also the first polling firm to survey a Sestak-McGinty primary. They found two-thirds (66%) unsure and that doesn’t include the 5% who said they would choose “another candidate”. Still, for what it’s worth, Sestak prevailed over McGinty 16% to 13%.
Sen. Toomey’s Job Performance
When it came to the incumbent, 40% said Sen. Toomey was doing an “excellent” or “good job” compared to 43% who said he was doing “only a fair job” or a “poor job”. While those numbers are still underwater, they’re better than his ratings from June.
Broken down by demographic, Senator Toomey received a positive job rating from the following groups: Extremely conservatives (59/29); Republicans (58/29); Northeast Pennsylvanians (52/35); Catholics (49/38); those making more than $75,000 (45/41); slightly conservatives (44/42); 35 to 54 year olds (44/40); those with some college education (44/37); born again Christians (44/38); Southeast Pennsylvanians (44/43); and Protestants (41/39).
Whites were split evenly (42/42) on the Senator.
This Franklin & Marshall Poll surveyed 605 registered Pennsylvania voters and was conducted from August 17th to August 24th. The margin of error is +/- 3.9%.