They found that by Rafferty leads Peters by a 16% to 10% margin, with a massive 74% undecided.
Then both candidates’ messages were tested without including their names.
“Candidate A for attorney general started his career as a cop, spent 17 years in the attorney general’s office and became the state’s top drug prosecutor, served as a federal mafia prosecutor who put away Philly Mob boss Little Nicky Scarfo, and served two presidents in top positions in the White House Drug Czar’s office. Candidate B has served in the state Senate for 13 years and chairs the Transportation Committee, worked for three years in the attorney general’s office and operates a private law practice. Are you more likely to support candidate A or candidate B?”
Candidate A, Peters, got 62% while Candidate B, Rafferty, received 11%. 27% were undecided.
“The Republican primary for Attorney General is wide open but voters overwhelmingly say they prefer a career prosecutor like me rather than a career politician like Sen. Rafferty,” Peters said. “I am the most qualified and experienced person in this race as I am the only candidate — of either party — who has local, state, national and international law enforcement experience.”
The IVR poll was conducted on March 9th and surveyed 230 likely Republican voters. The margin of error is +/- 5.55%.
PoliticsPA reached out to the Rafferty campaign and spokesman Mike Barley sent the following statement: “I guess it’s not surprising that Kathleen Kane’s former press secretary Joe Peters is spinning bogus poll numbers to the press.”