A Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely midterm voters shows Democratic candidate John Fetterman with an early nine-point advantage over Republican challenger Mehmet Oz in the race for Pennsylvania’s open seat to the U.S. Senate.
Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor, received 46 percent support to the question, “If the general election for United States Senate were held today and the candidates were Democrat John Fetterman, Republican Mehmet Oz, Green Party Richard Weiss, Libertarian Erik Chase Gerhardt, Constitution Party Ronald Johnson, Independent Quincy Magee, Independent Everett Stern, for whom would you vote or toward whom would you LEAN at this time? “
Oz, the celebrity doctor, was second at 37.4 percent, while the others polled under one percent.
Thirty-seven percent responded that they were extremely interested in the race, while another 32 percent added they were very interested. Only five percent indicated they were undecided.
The economy (22.4 percent) was cited as the most important issue when considering the vote for the Senate, while 17 percent said gun control was their most important issue.
Over half of the respondents (54.2 percent) said that Pennsylvania is on the wrong track, while a little more than 1 in 4 said that the Keystone State is heading in the right direction.
This survey of 500 likely Pennsylvania general election voters was conducted between June 10 and June 13, 2022, and is based on live telephone interviews of adults who indicated they were likely to vote in the November 2022 general election for governor and U.S. Senate. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is +/-4.4 percentage points.