Inquirer Poll: Kane 40, Freed 29

Freed, left, and Kane

Kathleen Kane continues to lead the race for Pennsylvania Attorney General according to a poll published today by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kane, a Democrat and former prosecutor from Lackawanna County, leads her Republican opponent Dave Freed by a margin of 11 points. Freed is the Cumberland County District Attorney.

35 percent of the likely voters surveyed said they were planning to vote for Kane, while 5 percent are leaning her way. 24 percent are voting for Freed, with likewise 5 percent leaning his way.

She’s remained ahead since her high-profile primary win over former Congressman Patrick Murphy in April. Her campaign spent approximately $2 million on television ads; Freed has not yet been on TV.

The margin is wider than the next most recent poll of the race, a July 26 survey from Public Policy Polling. Then Kane lead by just 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent.

The top law and order issue in PA this year is undoubtedly the case of Jerry Sandusky. Both candidates have boasted of their history of prosecuting child predators. But another number in today’s poll might give Kane the inside track. 61 percent of voters disapprove of the way that former Attorney General now Governor Tom Corbett handled the Sandusky investigation, 38 percent strongly so. Corbett and Freed are close political allies.

The survey was conducted by the Republican firm National Research Inc. and the Democratic firm Global Strategy Group. The pollsters surveyed 601 likely voters via live calls from August 21 through 23. The margin of error is +/1 4 percent.

August 27th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Poll, Top Stories | 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “Inquirer Poll: Kane 40, Freed 29”

  1. Actually, what may hurt Kane is the fact that there were a lot of people who were dead set on Murphy in Southeastern PA and/or the LGBT community across the state (I am L and T, and was one of the few early Kane supporters in Philly), and I just hope Kane can build a bridge to those who supported Murphy, which I think she can!!!

  2. Alex says:

    I honestly think Kane has it in the bag. Pleny of time for her to screw it up, but I think its save to say we’ll have a Democrat as AG

  3. Pam says:

    And let’s not forget Freed is Leroy Zimmerman’s son-in-law, which would certainly help keep the investigation of Hershey Trust’s purchase of the golf course off the Attorney General’s investigative radar.

  4. David Diano says:

    I wonder if Corbett and his AG lackeys think Sandusky’s child rape is not “legitimate” rape, since little boys can’t get pregnant?

  5. SEPA Man says:

    I know one thing, the Sandusky investigation will not go forward under Freed. It will be swept under the rug.

  6. Aaron Hartman says:

    I wonder if the sandusky case will go forward with kathleen kane and might impeach corbelt

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