Automated poll shows Critz with slight lead in 12th District
Democrat Mark Critz hold a four-point lead over Republican Tim Burns in the May special election to succeed John Murtha, but more than a quarter of voters are still undecided, according to a new poll.
The automated telephone survey, by the polling group We Ask America, found Critz garnering 38.8 percent of the vote, compared to 34.7 for Burns. About 26 percent of voters are undecided. Automated polls are generally far less reliable than live-interview polls, but the survey nonetheless provides the first public snapshot of the 12th District special election, just days after Republicans picked Burns as their candidate.
Both candidates hold wide leads in their respective parties, according to the poll, but independents are leaning toward Burns by a margin of about 39 percent to 20 percent.
The survey of 1,365 respondents, conducted Monday, has a margin of error of 2.6 percent.
March 17, 2010 at 7:22 pm