Backing up yesterday’s polling memo by Harper, F&M also finds that Tom Wolf has opened a wide lead:
In this poll, Wolf took 36%, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz took 9%, State Treasurer Rob McCord took 3%, and the DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger tied at 1%.
Former Auditor General Jack Wagner, the latest entry into the race, was not polled.
Just under three months away from the election, 48% of voters surveyed said they were still undecided about their pick in the Democratic primary.
It looks like they didn’t push leaners though, and so we see Wolf’s support is still fairly soft with 48% still not committed to a candidate. Wolf is the favorite for liberals, moderates, and conservatives, and Allyson Schwartz is liberals’ second favorite with 12%.
Quinnipiac also released a poll this morning showing that Wolf has the widest lead over Tom Corbett, 52 to 33. Corbett doesn’t crack 38% against any of the Democrats, and respondents lopsidedly disapprove of him – 52 – 36%.
What we’re looking for from a general election nominee is the best balance of electability and ideological purity, but also the longest coattails that will help Democrats flip the state Senate. Voters need to also feel comfortable with giving this person a Democratic state legislature to work with, and right now Wolf is leading big with independents so he may have the best shot.
Still, the campaign isn’t even close to over, so take all these findings with a grain of salt.
(via Brittany Foster)