TOOMEY MAINTAINS LEAD IN LATEST POLL
By Axel Rose
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey continued to hold his lead over Democratic candidate U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-7, of Edgmont, in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday.
Toomey now leads Sestak 50 percent to 46 percent, with one percent preferring another candidate and 3 percent undecided.
The survey of 750 likely voters was conducted on Oct. 28, and has a 4 point margin of error.
Toomey’s 4 point lead is virtually unchanged from the last Rasmussen poll released a week ago, though the number of undecided voters Sestak can court continues to dwindle.
Three weeks ago, when Toomey was leading 49 percent to 39 percent, Rasmussen said 10 percent of voters were still undecided. Last week, that figure dropped to 7 percent and is now at just 3 percent.
Sestak’s support is at its highest level since mid-May, according to the poll. He experienced a brief bump in polls after defeating incumbent U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the primary election.
This is also the first time since February that Rasmussen showed 50 percent support for Toomey, who has fluctuated between 42 and 49 percent throughout the summer and early fall. He always outperformed Sestak in those polls.
A new Muhlenberg College/Morning Call tracking poll also had Toomey ahead Friday, a position he has maintained for a straight week in daily polling.
That survey, conducted October 25-28 among 470 likely voters with a 4.5 percent margin of error, put Toomey’s support at 47 percent to Sestak’s 42 percent with 12 percent undecided. Those figures are identical to Monday’s Muhlenberg poll.
Toomey’s favorability was evenly split at 38 percent, with 23 percent neutral or not sure. Sestak was viewed favorably by 37 percent of those polled, while 38 percent had a negative opinion of him. Twenty-five percent said they were neutral or unsure.
Sestak plans to rally in Philadelphia Saturday morning with AFL-CIO International President Rich Trumka and President Barack Obama before heading to an evening rally in Pittsburgh.