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Keystone Poll August 2012

Keystone Poll August 2012

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The August 2012 Keystone Poll
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For immediate release August 16, 2012 
Franklin & MarshallCollege Poll
SURVEY OF PENNSYLVANIANSSUMMARY OF FINDINGSPrepared by:Center for Opinion ResearchFloyd Institute for Public PolicyFranklin & Marshall College
BERWOOD A. YOSTDIRECTOR, FLOYD INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICYDIRECTOR, CENTER FOR OPINION RESEARCHHEAD METHODOLOGIST, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE POLLG. TERRY MADONNADIRECTOR, CENTER FOR POLITICS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRSDIRECTOR, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE POLLANGELA N. KNITTLESENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, CENTER FOR OPINION RESEARCH
 
PROJECT MANAGER, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE POLLKAY K. HUEBNERPROGRAMMER, CENTER FOR OPINION RESEARCH
August 16, 2012
 
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Table of Contents
KEY FINDINGS ........................................................................................................................3
 
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METHODOLOGY .....................................................................................................................7
 
ATTACHMENT A .....................................................................................................................8
 
ATTACHMENT B .....................................................................................................................9
 
MARGINAL FREQUENCY REPORT .....................................................................................10
 
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the PhiladelphiaDaily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE-TV(Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, HarrisburgPatriot-News, and Lancaster Newspapers. It may be used in whole or in part,provided any use is attributed to Franklin & Marshall College.
 
 
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Key Findings
The August 2012 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds increasing voter interest in thepresidential election. President Barack Obama continues to lead his Republican challenger MittRomney, although his advantage is smaller than in June. The president enjoys significantadvantages over Romney in his personal popularity and most voters believe he betterunderstands their concerns. The president is also thought to be better prepared to handle thepresidency even though there is ambivalence about some of his major policy initiatives. In theUS Senate race, incumbent Democrat Bob Casey, Jr. leads the Republican challenger Tom Smithby a wide margin, although many voters remain undecided at the moment.
 
The Presidential Election in Pennsylvania 
President Obama has led Mitt Romney in every Franklin & Marshall College Poll sinceAugust 2011 (see Figure 1). The president currently leads Romney among registered voters inPennsylvania 44% to 38% with 15% undecided. Allocating voters who lean to a candidateproduces a similar advantage for the president, 47% to 42%, but shows that 7% of voters aretruly undecided. President Obama leads in most regions of the state, including Philadelphia,Allegheny County, the southwest and southeast, and he has comfortable leads among youngvoters, non-whites and women (see Attachment A). Mitt Romney holds an advantage amongworking-class whites.

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