A poll commissioned by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shows former Auditor General Jack Wagner ahead of City Councilman Bill Peduto among likely voters.
Wagner takes 40% of Democrats to Peduto’s 33%.
State Rep. Jake Wheatley and newcomer A.J. Richardson trail with 4 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
The poll was conducted by Harrisburg-based and GOP-leaning Susquehanna Polling & Research on April 1 and 2. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9%.
Reported the Trib:
During municipal primary elections, when turnout rarely tops 35 percent, older voters dominate the electorate, Lee said. Among voters older than 45, Wagner leads 44 to 31 percent.
Peduto, 48, holds a 24-point lead among voters 44 and younger, according to the poll.
The results echo those of a recent poll by Keystone Analytics which showed Wagner up 38% to 30%.
Overall, voters said the candidates’ plans for economic development and improving public education would most influence their vote. What the people of Pittsburgh are really looking for is a candidate that can fix the education and public transportation system, without further economic strain.
In the same poll, outgoing Mayor Luke Ravenstahl received a positive approval rating.
According to the Trib, the SP&R found that, “46 percent of respondents approved of Ravenstahl’s job performance. Forty-five percent did not approve, and 9 percent were undecided.”
This despite weeks of recent headlines about potentially criminal mismanagement in the city’s police department.