Pennsylvania's Statewide Row Offices: Is Anyone Listening?
In the races for Pennsylvania's row offices, Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer, many voters remain undecided. In the Attorney General race, more than half the potential electorate have not yet made a decision (54%). Among the voters who have made a choice, State Senator Mike Fisher leads lawyer Joe Kohn, 27% to 20%. A third (34%) of the electorate remains undecided in the Auditor General contest, but Robert Casey, Jr., the son of former governor Robert Casey, holds a thirteen point margin over State Representative Bob Nyce, 40% to 27%. In the State Treasurer race, fewer voters are undecided than in the other statewide contests, but slightly more than a quarter (27%) of the state's voters have yet to make up their minds. Barbara Hafer, the current Auditor General, holds a six point lead, 40% to 34%, over accountant Mina Baker Knoll, who is the daughter of the current State Treasurer.
Pennsylvania's House of Representatives: Too Close to Call
The race for control of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives has tightened since August as more voters have started choosing sides. In August, more than one in four (28%) voters were undecided about their choice in their State House race. Today, one in five (19%) voters are still undecided. The percentage of Pennsylvania voters that plan to vote for the Republican House candidate in their districts has risen from 33% to 39%. Support for Democratic House candidates has risen slightly since August, from 39% to 42%.
***SURVEY ITEMS AND FREQUENCIES FOLLOW***
In the upcoming election for State Attorney General, the Republican candidate is Mike Fisher and the Democratic candidate is Joe Kohn. If the election for Attorney General were held today, would you vote for:
Mike Fisher 27% Joe Kohn 20% Don't Know 54%
In the upcoming election for State Auditor General, the Republican candidate is Bob Nyce and the Democratic candidate is Robert Casey, Jr. If the election for Auditor General were held today, would you vote for:
Bob Nyce 27% Robert Casey, Jr. 40% Don't Know 34%
In the upcoming election for State Treasurer, the Republican candidate is Barbara Hafer and the Democratic candidate is Mina Baker Knoll. If the election for State Treasurer were held today, would you vote for:
Barbara Hafer 40% Mina Baker Knoll 34% Don't Know 27%
If the 1996 elections for Pennsylvania's state House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican Party's candidate or the Democratic Party's candidate for the House in your district?
8/96 9/96 Republican 33% 39% Democratic 39% 42% Undecided/Don't know 28% 19%
All in all, do you think things in Pennsylvania are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel that things are off on the wrong track?
4/95 9/95 2/96 7/96 9/96 Right Direction 52% 47% 49% 41% 49% Wrong Track 32% 36% 36% 41% 34% Don't Know 17% 17% 15% 18% 17%
The Keystone Poll is conducted by the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Millersville University for KYW-TV3, Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the Harrisburg Patriot. The telephone survey of 817 Pennsylvanians was conducted February 5 - March 8, 1998, among a random sample of adults living in the state. The sample included 564 registered voters. The sample error for the total sample is plus or minus 3.4%, but is larger for subgroups. The survey data were weighted by age and gender to reflect the known distribution of these variables in the state.
Any use of this survey must indicate that it was conducted at Millersville University.