Below are the highlights of the September 2012, Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters.
The September 2012, Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters finds Barack Obama with a 9 point lead among likely voters and with an 11 point lead among registered voters over Mitt Romney.
Complete results, including detailed methodology, can be found at http://politics.fandm.edu.
- Obama leads Romney, 50 percent to 39 percent, with 6 percent undecided among registered voters and a slightly smaller lead among likely voters, 52 percent to 43 percent, with 3 percent undecided.
- Bob Casey leads Tom Smith, 46 percent to 34 percent, with 14 percent undecided in the US Senate race. Among likely voters, Casey’s lead is smaller, 48 percent to 38 percent, with 8 percent undecided.
- Obama is seen as better able to handle foreign policy issues, 56 percent to 33 percent, better able to understand the concerns of ordinary Americans, 59 percent to 32 percent, better able to handle the job as military chief, 53 percent to 38 percent, closest to voters’ views on abortion and gay marriage, 48 percent to 39 percent, and more prepared to fix our economic problems, 47 percent to 43 percent.
- Obama is viewed favorably by 50 percent of respondents to Romney’s 34 percent.
- President Obama’s job performance rating is more negative (47 percent) than positive (52 percent).
- More voters support the state’s voter ID law than oppose it, 59 percent to 39 percent.
- Almost half (49 percent) of voters think the next Attorney General should further review the way then Attorney General Tom Corbett investigated the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case.
This survey reflect interviews with 632 Pennsylvania voters conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from September 18-23, 2012 (sample error of +/- 3.9 percent). The survey includes 392 interviews with likely voters (sample error of +/- 4.9 percent).
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Lancaster Newspapers. It may be used in whole or in part, provided any use is attributed to Franklin & Marshall College.