A Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely midterm voters shows Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro with a slight four-point advantage over Republican challenger Doug Mastriano in the race for Pennsylvania governor.
Shapiro, the current attorney general, received 44 percent support to the question, “If the general election for governor were held today and the candidates were Democrat Josh Shapiro, Republican Doug Mastriano, Green Party Christina “PK” DiGuilio, Libertarian Matt Hackenburg, or Keystone Party Joe Soloski, for whom would you vote or toward whom would you LEAN at this time?”
Mastriano, the state senator from Franklin County, was second at 40.2 percent, while the others polled under 1.5 percent.
Forty-one percent responded that they were extremely interested in the race, while another 31 percent added they were very interested. Only one percent indicated they were undecided.
The economy (26.2 percent) was cited as the most important issue when considering the vote for governor, while 16.4 percent said gun control was their most important issue.
Less than 2 in 5 of those polled feel that current governor Tom Wolf is doing a excellent or good job in the position, while nearly 38 percent rate his performance as poor.
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.