The John Fetterman campaign released an internal poll that showed Fetterman with a commanding lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for the PA U.S. Senate seat.
If the Democratic primary election for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania was being held tomorrow, who would you vote for?
46% – John Fetterman
16% – Conor Lamb
12% – Malcolm Kenyatta
4% – Val Arkoosh
22% – Not Sure
The internal numbers are an improvement from a similar internal poll last May which had Fetterman with a 40-21 lead over Lamb. Kenyatta jumped three points from 9 to 12 and Arkoosh dropped a single point.
From January 26 to 31, 2022, Data for Progress conducted a survey of 730 likely Democratic primary voters in Pennsylvania using SMS respondents. The sample was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, geography, and voting history.
A friendly reminder: The reason political campaigns conduct polls boils down to two things. One is to provide the campaign with critical strategic information and a read on the state of the race — this kind of information is rarely released to the public. The other reason to commission it is as a bit of spin — to manipulate the process with the goal of convincing donors to open their checkbooks, or to persuade the public and the press that a candidate is viable. This side of the polling coin is what the public usually sees.
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