Corbett Retains Strong Lead for Pennsylvania Governor

Monday, 02 Aug 2010 02:20 PM

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Little has changed in Pennsylvania's race for governor, with Republican State Attorney General Tom Corbett earning 50 percent support, compared with Democrat Dan Onorato’s 39 percent.

Corbett held a similar lead over Onorato, Allegheny County’s chief executive, two weeks ago and at the end of June. The July 28 Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of 750 likely voters found that 3 percent prefer some other candidate, and 8 percent are undecided.

In May, just after both candidates won their party primaries, Corbett was ahead 49 percent to 36 percent. In surveys since February, the Republican's support has ranged from 45 percent to 52 percent, while the Democrat's in the same period has grown from 26 percent to 39 percent.

Corbett holds a 12-point lead among men and 10 points among women.
The two men are running to replace Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who is term-limited. Corbett is viewed very favorably by 22 percent of Pennsylvania voters and very unfavorably by 13 percent. Onorato’s ratings are 13 percent very favorable and 13 percent very unfavorable.

At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.

Just over 60 percent of Pennsylvania voters view Corbett as conservative, while 18 percent regard him as a moderate. Voters are more divided over Onorato's ideology: 20 percent think he's a conservative, 30 percent say he’s moderate, and 33 percent believe he is politically liberal.

Almost half of voters believe Corbett’s views are generally mainstream, compared with 43 percent who feel that way about Onorato.

In the Senate race, Republican Pat Toomey continues to hold a small lead over Democratic state Sen. Joe Sestak.

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