Internal poll from Knox camp shows tight Guv primary
An internal poll commissioned by Democrat Tom Knox’s gubernatorial campaign shows the wealthy Philadelphia businessman in a dead-heat with Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in next year’s primary.
The telephone survey of 800 Pennsylvania Democrats was conducted June 4-9 by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates. Not surprisingly, more than half of Democratic voters polled were still undecided, with almost a year before primary day.
But in a head-to-head matchup with Onorato, considered by most party insiders to be the early front-runner, Knox garnered 21 percent of the vote, only slightly behind Onorato’s 22 percent.
When Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham and Auditor General Jack Wagner were added to the mix, 14 percent of respondents backed Knox, and the same number supported Onorato. Wagner garnered 13 percent of the vote, and Cunningham 7 percent, with 52 percent undecided.
With Knox enjoying some leftover name recognition in the vote-rich Philadelphia region from his unsuccessful 2007 mayoral bid, the survey found him beating Onorato 42-6 in southeast Pennsylvania, where Onorato remains mostly unknown.
The poll had a margin of error of 3.5 percent. Only the poll memo was released, not the entire survey, leaving little information for independent analysis.
June 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm