August Poll Shows Obama 44 to Romney 38 in Pa.

Franklin & Marshall's August poll shows Obama leading Romney by five point with 15 percent of Pennsylvania voters undecided and a 3.8 percent (+or-) margin of error.


Below are the highlights of the August 2012 Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters. 

The August 2012 Franklin and Marshall College Poll finds President Obama with a 6 point lead over Mitt Romney, 44 percent to 38 percent (sample error of +/- 3.8 percentage points) Obama is viewed favorably by 46 percent of voters to 32 percent for Romney. Complete results, including detailed methodology, can be found at http://politics.fandm.edu

  1. President Obama leads Mitt Romney, 44 percent to 38 percent with 15 percent undecided; when voters who lean to a candidate are included a similar advantage shows for the president, 47 percent to 42 percent, leaving 7 percent of voters truly undecided.
  2. Bob Casey leads Tom Smith, 35 percent to 23 percent with 39 percent undecided, in the U.S. Senate race; when voters who lean to a candidate are included, Casey's lead increases 43 percent to 28 percent, but a high proportion still remain undecided (24 percent).
  3. Compared to Romney, Obama is seen as better understanding of the concerns of ordinary Americans, 57 percent to 30 percent, better able to handle foreign policy issues, 53 percent to 34 percent, better able to handle the job as military chief, 47 percent to 37 percent, and closest to respondents' views on abortion and gay marriage, 47 percent to 37 percent. Romney now leads as the candidate most prepared to fix our economic problems (44 percent to 42 percent) compared to June (38 percent to 44 percent).
  4. Obama's job performance remains more negative than positive, with 43 percent positive (good or excellent job) and 56 percent negative (fair or poor job).
  5. PA Voters favor repealing the heath care law 48 percent (strongly or somewhat favor) to 42 percent (strongly or somewhat oppose).
  6. Almost six in ten Pennsylvania voters believe the state is moving in the wrong direction, 57 percent, while 30 percent say it is moving in the right direction.

This survey reflects interviews with 681 Pennsylvania voters, conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from August 7-August 12, 2012 (sample error of +/- 3.8 percentage points).

Renov8 September 09, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I agree an expiration date is bogus for an id. I do feel an id is needed to vote. The politics surrounding this decision cuts both ways. Obama used these same tactics when he ran for his congressional seat. Now the Republicans are using the same in return. All politics aside, Id's should have been a requirement from day one.
Renov8 September 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I found an insighful article regarding voter fraud. I wanted to share it with you. http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/only-reason-you-need-to-vote-out-obama/ This is why its important to have an id.
Robert September 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Well, It is effecting republicans too. Jim Cramer's Dad was going to be denied the ability to vote and he tweeted about it. "I have a problem. My dad, a vet, won't be allowed to vote in Pa. because he does not drive, he is elderly, and can't prove his citizenship" https://twitter.com/jimcramer Penn dot came to his rescue by order of Corbett to avoid bad press. His dad was a Vet and didn't drive and didn't have the right paperwork to get an ID in time. Think of all those republican Vets that are in the same boat that would have voted Romney and don't have a son with celebrity status to help them out.
Renov8 September 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Its going to affect people on both sides of the political spectrum. So be it. Until we have a means to ensure our votes are not fraudulent or being used fraudulently, find another way. Both parties are looking for a win. Both parties are doing whatever they can to ensure that win. The underhanded tactics are being used by both parties. Vote your conscience!


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