Latest F&M Poll Results

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October 22 - 28, 2018 Franklin & Marshall College Poll

The October 2018 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that nearly three in four (71%) of the state’s registered voters are “very interested” in the 2018 elections, an increase of ten points since our September survey. At the moment, similar proportions of Republicans (75%) and Democrats (73%) say they are “very interested” in the election which is a change from our September survey when more Democrats (64%) than Republicans (58%) or independents (49%) were “very interested.”  Interest in the election is higher among all three groups than it was in August or September. 

Voters’ evaluations of how well key political figures are doing their jobs have remained remarkably stable compared to prior surveys. About one in two (54%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes Governor Wolf is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor. Two in five (43%) registered voters believe Senator Casey is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as the state’s US Senator. About one in three (36%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes President Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president. 

President Trump continues to be an essential motivating force in the upcoming mid-term elections. More registered voters prefer the Democratic candidate for U.S. House (53%) than the Republican candidate for U.S. House (38%); two in three (69%) of those who plan to vote for a Democratic candidate are casting their ballot mainly as a vote against President Trump and Republicans in Congress, while four in five (83%) of those who plan to vote for a Republican candidate are casting their ballot mainly as a vote to support President Trump and the Republicans in Congress. The link between congressional choice as support or opposition to the President has intensified since August. Moreover, one of the common reasons voters provide for supporting their U.S. Senate choice relates to the President.

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