One of the pollsters that last week showed the U.S. Senate race within the margin of error now shows Sen. Bob Casey ahead of Republican Tom Smith more comfortably, 45 percent to 37.
That’s according to the latest survey from the Allentown Morning Call and Muhlenberg College.
The MCall poll released last week showed Casey only narrowly leading Smith, 41 percent to 39.
The race has grown closer and closer in recent weeks as both candidates took to the airwaves.
Casey’s name ID and his favorability are stronger than Smith’s. 37 percent to 33, voters have a favorable impression of Casey. 31 percent are neutral or not sure; only 2 percent haven’t heard of him
Voters are split on their impression of Smith, 28 percent apiece. 10 percent of likely voters haven’t heard of Smith, the survey shows.
More of the poll’s details are posted here.
Casey leads by 5.3 points, 47 percent to 41.7 percent according to the average by Real Clear Politics.
The pollster surveyed 444 likely voters from Oct. 17 to 21 via live interviews. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent.
49 percent of respondents identified as Democrats; 40 percent as Republicans.