The latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows that it’s time for Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord to pack it in with less than a week to go in the primary because gubernatorial front runner Tom Wolf leads the two candidates by 19 and 24 percent. It is obvious that the mudslinging by Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord has had no effect on Tom Wolf, especially because his favorability went from 44 to 49 percent since the last F&M poll was conducted. When breaking down the demographics of the poll, Wolf’s brand plays well to liberal, moderate and conservative democrats, across all age groups and across all income levels.
Even though the latest Franklin and Marshall polls only included registered Democrats, education still remains a top priority for voters in the upcoming general election. According to the poll, 31 percent of those polled felt that education is “the most important issue facing Pennsylvania,” and this issue has been polling well above the others for over a year now. Earlier this month we asked Terry Madonna about this trend and he stated:
I have never seen education emerge as a top issue in a gubernatorial campaign. The perennial has been jobs, some aspect of the economy. At times crime has been in the top two. We are in uncharted waters.
It will be interesting to see where education ranks when the next poll is released after the Democratic Primary because this is when we should start seeing Republicans and Independents included in these polls once again.
Then there is this by Harper Polling…