Latest Franklin and Marshall Poll: Gov’s race still a toss-up
1) The percentage of Pennsylvanians who say the state is headed in the right direction now stands at 31 percent--while 59 percent believe it is off on the wrong track, virtually unchanged from August.
2) Registered Pennsylvanians continue to express pessimism about the economy. A third (32 percent) cite the economy and one in four (21 percent) say personal finances/unemployment are the most important problems facing individuals and their families.
3) Republican Tom Corbett leads Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for governor by three points among registered adults (33 percent to 30 percent with 37 percent undecided) and by four points among those most likely to vote (36 percent to 32 percent with 31 percent undecided). When voters who "lean" toward a candidate are included, Corbett's lead remains about the same among likely voters (41 percent to 37 percent with 19 percent undecided.) Registered voters cite the economy (24 percent), reducing/ spending (13 percent) and taxes (10 percent), respectively, as the most important issues in their vote for governor.
4) The large proportion of Pennsylvania voters who have not heard enough about the gubernatorial candidates to form an opinion of them (45 percent for Corbett and 43 percent for Onorato) is unusually high for this point in the election cycle.
5) In the Pennsylvania US senate race, Republican Pat Toomey leads Democrat Joe Sestak by three points among registered adults (32 percent to 29 percent with 39 percent undecided) and by nine points among those most likely to vote (38 percent to 29 percent and 32 percent undecided). When voters who "lean" toward a candidate are included in these figures, Toomey's lead among likely voters is slightly larger (46 percent to 34 percent with 17 percent undecided).
6) Registered Pennsylvanians cite the economy (34 percent) as the most important issue in their vote for U.S. senate. A plurality of supporters for both candidates (34 percent of Toomey voters and 40 percent of Sestak voters) says the economy is the most important issue in their senate preference. Toomey voters (15 percent) are more likely than Sestak voters (2 percent) to say that issues related to the size of government are driving their preference.
7) President Obama's job approval in Pennsylvania continues to remain relatively weak with only 36 percent of registered adults finding his performance positive, specifically 10 percent "excellent" and 26 percent "good." Almost three times as many (30 percent) rate the president's job performance as "poor" compared to "excellent." Governor Ed Rendell's job performance also is low among registered adults—only 35 percent find his performance positive, with five percent reporting "excellent" and 30 percent reporting "good." About the same proportions (27 percent) say he is doing a "poor job."
If Charles Ramsey is an American hero or another American casualty of media-induced racial stereotyping or both after helping save the lives of the three kidnapped Cleveland women, one thing is now clear. Ramsey has done the seemingly impossible. He's turned racial stereotyping on its head.
+ ROAD AND RIDES
This year, millions of Americans will be hitting the roads and facing cold temperatures, along with the snowy and icy conditions winter weather brings. These factors are not only a nuisance, but at times, very dangerous, even for the most confident and experienced drivers.
If your arm goes numb and your speech is slurred, you know you need to seek immediate medical attention. When you nick yourself shaving, you know you can deal with it yourself. But for the vast number of maladies in between...
Sultan Jihad Ahmad Community Foundation will host a book signing for author Mark Johnson, author of, "Basketball Slave, the Andy Johnson Harlem Globetrotter/NBA Story." The book signing will be held at the Sultan Jihad Ahmad Community Foundation office at 1646 Ridge Avenue on Good Friday, March 29, 5- 8PM.
+ FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Grapes from California are in abundant supply throughout the summer, which is welcome news for those seeking a healthy, refreshing snack. They’re also a boon to the home cook: grapes provide bright color, a sweet-tart flavor and a refreshing burst of juice to warm-weather dishes.