Quinnipiac Poll: PA-Sen: Toomey 48 Sestak 33, Toomey 48 McGinty 32
Despite Katie McGinty being seen as a savior by some quarters of the Democratic Party for PA’s junior Senate seat, she still trails Joe Sestak in head-to-head matchups against Sen. Pat Toomey.
McGinty loses to Toomey 48% to 32%, while Sestak picks up just one more point against the incumbent, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. McGinty and Sestak have almost identical numbers between men and women and across all age groups, while Toomey picked up more support from women than McGinty – 40% to 38%.
McGinty and Sestak’s favorability ratings pale in comparison to Toomey’s 46%. McGinty – Gov. Tom Wolf’s former Chief of Staff – had a 15% favorability rating, while 74% haven’t heard enough about her. Sestak – a former U.S. Congressman – picked up a 22% favorability rating. The two Democratic challengers had especially low name recognition among 18-34 year olds.
PA’s senior Sen. Bob Casey enjoys a 51% approval rating, while Toomey earned 49% approval, according to the poll. Surprisingly – or not – 24% of PA voters were unable to voice an opinion on how each Senator was doing in Washington.
The poll conducted by Quinnipiac University between Aug. 7-18 surveyed 1,085 PA voters on land lines and cell phones. The margin of error for the poll was 3%.