Pennsylvanians are paying little attention to the primary races for governor and U.S. Senate, and the candidates in those races remain largely unknown to voters, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
About seven in 10 registered Pennsylvanians do not know whom they plan to vote for in the gubernatorial primaries. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato leads the Democratic race at 10 percent, while 72 percent of Democrats remain undecided. State Attorney General Tom Corbett leads the Republican race with 23 percent, as 69 percent remain undecided.
In the general election race for the U.S. Senate, Republican Pat Toomey has a decided advantage over both Democratic candidates. Toomey leads incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter among likely voters, 45 percent to 31 percent, and has an even larger advantage over U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak among likely voters (41 percent to 19 percent). Specter leads Sestak in the primary race, 30 percent to 13 percent.
A majority of registered Pennsylvanians say they don't know enough about Toomey (65 percent) or Sestak (76 percent) to have an opinion.
In other findings:
The interviews were conducted Jan. 18-24 at the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College under the direction of the poll's director, G. Terry Madonna, Head Methodologist Berwood Yost and Project Manager Jennifer Harding. The data represent the responses of 1,165 adult residents of Pennsylvania, including 993 registered voters.
The sample error for the survey is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. The sample error for registered adults is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, and is slightly higher for registered Democrats (plus or minus 4.7 percentage points) and registered Republicans (plus or minus 4.8 percentage points).
For complete results, go to www.fandm.edu/fandmpoll.