Will Michael Nutter have a tough time in next year’s Democratic mayoral primary?
He might if Sam Katz gets gets into the race as a Democrat, according to a new Municipoll/PoliticsPA poll unveiled Friday. The polling firm reported that Nutter leads Katz in a hypothetical matchup by only 4 percentage points, 38 percent to 34 percent.
Nutter’s prospects improve slightly when compared to a multi-candidate field, but there could remain some cause for concern. He draws 32 percent support when pitted against a field of opponents that includes U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (17 percent) U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (16 percent) state House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans (9 percent) and 2007 candidate Tom Knox (8 percent). Eighteen-percent of likely voters are undecided in that race.
Congressman Brady also remains Nutter’s stiffest competition even when pitted against Katz. In another hypothetical field of candidates, Nutter draws 30 percent support against Brady (16 percent) Katz (15 percent) City Councilman Bill Green (9 percent) and City Controller Alan Butkovitz (5 percent), with 23 percent undecided.