Third-party poll finds Murphy up narrowly
Two groups say a poll they commissioned has found Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8) holding a slight edge in his rematch against Republican Mike Fitzpatrick.
The survey commissioned by the Service Employees International Union’s and Vote Vets found Murphy winning 49 percent of the 8th District vote, just more than Fitzpatrick’s 46 percent. With just five percent of likely voters undecided, the results make the race essentially a dead heat. A three-point lead is better than Murphy has fared in any public or private polling that has been reported so far.
Neither a poll memo nor survey questions and crosstabs were available upon the release of the results late Monday, making it impossible to independently asses the merits of the poll. A Franklin & Marshall College survey released late last week found Fitzpatrick sporting a wide lead. An internal GOP poll has also found Fitzpatrick ahead, while an internal Murphy poll put the Democrat up slightly.
The Bucks County district, currently No. 4 on the pa2010.com Congressional Power Rankings, is increasingly seen as a battleground. The survey of 507 by the firm Harstad Strategic Research was conducted Sept. 20-22, about a week after Murphy’s heavy TV advertising buy started. A release describing the poll did not provide a margin of error.
September 28, 2010 at 6:00 am