Poll: Democrats hold big leads in Pennsylvania Senate, governor races

Democrats in Pennsylvania are posed for big wins in Senate and governor races, according to a poll released Friday.

The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll found that incumbent Senator Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump combative, Biden earnest during distanced TV duel The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden brace for dueling town halls The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden hold competing town halls instead of tonight's canceled debate MORE (D) has the support of 53 percent of likely voters, while his opponent Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James Barletta10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed Bottom Line Ex-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs MORE (R) only has 35 percent.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D), also an incumbent, commands support from 55 percent of the likely voting pool, while Republican challenger Scott Wagner has 36 percent.

The poll also showed 55 percent of respondents disapproved of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE's job performance, compared to 39 percent who approved in a state that went narrowly for the president in 2016.


The director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Polling attributed some of these large leads to a desire among the electorate to counterbalance Trump.

“For Democrats, what’s really resonating is the opposition to Trump,” Chris Borick said. “It’s front of mind.”

The poll also showed 48 percent of respondents indicated that their vote for Congress is meant to signal that Democrats are needed to oppose Trump.

The poll surveyed 404 likely voters between Sept. 13 and 19. The margin of error is 5.5 percent.