Specter leads Toomey by 6 in new poll
UPDATE APPENDED (See bottom)
For the second time in 10 days, Arlen Specter can say he’s winning.
Specter holds a six-point lead over Republican Pat Toomey, 47 percent to 41 percent, according to a new Research 2000 poll. The survey, conducted for the liberal Web site Daily Kos, found only 11 percent of voters undecided in the general election matchup between Specter and Toomey.
Although the vast majority of polling from the last several months has shown Specter either trailing or tied in the race, the latest survey followed a recent Quinnipiac poll that gave Specter a seven point lead. The poll of 600 likely voters, which had a margin of error of four percent, showed Specter with somewhat better approval ratings than he’s had of late. Forty-eight percent of voters view him either favorably or very favorably, while 42 percent view unfavorably or very unfavorably.
Specter also leads primary opponent Joe Sestak 51 percent to 32 percent, with 17 percent of voters still undecided, according to the poll. And in a November matchup with Toomey, Sestak trails by only three points, 42 percent to 39 percent, with 19 percent of voters undecided.
UPDATE: In June 2010, Daily Kos disavowed all polling data provided by Research 2000, alleging fraud. As of July 2010, Research 2000 had denied wrongdoing but taken down its Web site.
March 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm