In the poll in PA-8, PPP asked 605 voters from December 11th-12th “based on what you’ve heard, seen, or read, do you support or oppose the tax plan proposed in Congress?” A majority, 56%, said they opposed the tax plan, while 31% said they supported it. A majority of respondents said they also opposed ending the federal deduction for state and local taxes (69%), eliminating the estate tax (62%), and increasing the national debt (66%).
PPP also polled the approval of incumbent Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), finding he 36% approval rate and 42% disapproval rate.
In PA-15, PPP polled 977 voters on the tax plan October 5th-8th, asking if people supported or opposed it or had heard about it. 46% opposed it, while 33% approved.
Incumbent Congressman Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) is retiring at the end of his term, leaving an open seat that both parties will likely push to win in 2018. PPP’s poll found an almost even split between voters who would vote for a generic Democrat or a generic Republican in 2018, with 44% saying Democrat and 43% saying Republican.
PPP is usually seen as a left leaning polling organization, usually working for Democratic candidates. Both polls were conducted on behalf of Patriot Majority. Patriot Majority describes themselves as a “non-partisan” organization, but OpenSecrets.org shows that they spent almost $600,000 supporting Democratic candidates, and zero dollars supporting Republicans.
Both PA-8 and PA-15 will be major targets for Democrats as they look to pick up seats in the House in the midterms elections, and Republicans will be pushing to keep the seats as they look to hold the majority.