Skip to comments.Smith Internal Poll: Smith Leads Senate Primary (PA U.S. Senate)
Posted on 12/31/2011 6:52:47 AM PST by randita
Smith Internal Poll: Smith Leads Senate Primary
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Tom Smith of Armstrong County is leading the field of Republicans hoping to take on Senator Bob Casey, according to an polling memo released by Smiths campaign Tuesday.
The former coal company owner and former Tea Party leader boasts a 22 percent plurality in the crowded primary.
Smiths early lead is indicative of his strong biography and message that is resonating with Republican voters. The campaigns ability to get that message out through paid media has been important to the lead, Republican strategist and pollster John McLaughlin said in a press release.
The number breakdown is as follows: Smith, 22 percent; former State Rep. Sam Rohrer, 15 percent; businessman and 2010 congressional candidate Tim Burns, 11 percent; entrepreneur and 2010 congressional candidate Steve Welch, 10 percent; and attorney Marc Scaringi, 4 percent. 38 percent were undecided.
Smith became the first 2012 U.S. Senate candidate on television this month, as his campaign launched a $300,000 ad buy (after doubling the initial $160K buy). It shows in his name ID: 31 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Smith, compared to just 13 percent who had any opinion of him in a November Public Policy Polling survey.
Rohrers 15 percent in Smiths survey compares to a much stronger 25 percent in the independent PPP poll, which was fueled by high named ID from Rohrers 2010 bid for governor. All other candidates were in single digits in the PPP, including Smith at 3 percent.
Its a Smith-sponsored poll, so take it with a grain of salt. A campaign usually releases an internal poll for one of two reasons: fundraising or legitimacy.
The first, to boost fundraising prospects, probably doesnt apply to him. Smith loaned three quarters of a million dollars to his campaign during the third quarter of 2011, and sources say hell show even more in Q4.
More likely his motive is the second: to show legitimacy. Most of the nine Republican candidates have their eyes on the GOP State Committee endorsement at the end of January. Smith, a first-time candidate, wants to show that he is the front-runner. This could help him win an endorsement, but just as valuable for a self-funder it could keep the partys resources on the sidelines.
The campaign did not release full polling results, so the negatives for each candidate and the regional crosstabs are not available to the public.
The survey was conducted by the GOP polling firm McLaughlin & Associates. The accuracy of the sample of 400 likely general election voters is within +/- 4.9% at a 95% confidence interval. Respondents were selected based on their likeliness to vote in the 2012 primary, and the results were weighted based on demographics.
Here is the Smith campaigns full release:
NEW POLL: TOM SMITH LEADING REPUBLICAN SENATE PRIMARY FIELD Tom smith clearly has the momentum in this race. Republican Pollster John McLaughlin (Pittsburgh) The Tom Smith for Senate Campaign today released the results of a survey of 400 likely primary voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates on December 21st: TOTAL TOM SMITH 22% SAM ROHRER 15% MARC SCARINGI 4% TIM BURNS 11% STEVE WELCH 10% UNDECIDED 38%
Smiths early lead is indicative of his strong biography and message that is resonating with Republican voters. The campaigns ability to get that message out through paid media has been important to the lead, Republican strategist and pollster John McLaughlin said of the findings.
Were overjoyed by the positive response we continue to receive from voters across Pennsylvania, said Campaign Manager Jim Conroy. Toms tireless work ethic, ability to connect with the electorate and commitment of resources demonstrates his seriousness about being the Republican to face Senator Casey.
KEY FINDINGS: More voters have a favorable opinion of Tom Smith than of his opponents: TOTAL TOM SMITH 31% favorable SAM ROHRER 27% MARC SCARINGI 14% TIM BURNS 25% STEVE WELCH 17% UNDECIDED 38%
METHODOLOGY: This survey of political attitudes was conducted among 400 likely Republican primary voters on December 21st, 2011, in Pennsylvania.
The survey was conducted using an established automated polling methodology. Calls were placed to randomly-selected phone numbers through a process that insures appropriate geographic representation based upon a likely Republican primary turnout model. All calls were placed to Republican primary voters from a list of past Republican primary voters. Voters were screened to be registered Republicans who are likely to vote in the 2012 Republican primary. After the calls are completed, the raw data is processed through a weighting program to insure that the sample reflects the overall population in terms of age, race, gender, political party, and other factors. The processing step is required because different segments of the population answer the phone in different ways. For example, women answer the phone more than men, older people are home more and answer more than younger people, and rural residents typically answer the phone more frequently than urban residents.
The population targets were based upon Republican primary data, a series of screening questions to determine subject knowledge, likely voters, and other factors. McLaughlin & Associates determines its partisan weighting targets through a dynamic weighting system that takes into account voting history, statewide trends, and recent polling. The accuracy of the sample of 400 likely general election voters is within +/- 4.9% at a 95% confidence interval.
With which political party are you registered? -Republican 100% -Democrat 0% -Independent/Other 0%
Gender (by observation): -Male 56% -Female 44%
Age: -18 39 19% -40 64 57% -65 and Over 24%
Area: - Philadelphia MM 28% Montgomery County 6% Philadelphia County 2% Rest Philly MM 21% - Wilke /. NY / Elmira 14% - Johnstown Altoona MM 9% - Pittsburgh MM 23% Alleghany County 8% Rest Pittsburgh 15% - Erie 4% - Harrisburg 23%
Pennsylvania lost a lot of jobs under the democrat terrorist politicians and will lose more if they win yet again. The stupidity of the left wing useful idiots is amazing.
There is very little hope for the left and rino right but God only is good and we must trust Him to lead us through the trail of tears we tread.
The key issue in PA this year is, or should be, Marcellus Shale. The GOP candidate needs to clearly articulate how an Obama/Casey second term threatens the continunace of the economic benfits of fracking.
Casey is vulnerable if there’s good opposition.
Tom Smith of Armstrong County is leading the field of Republicans hoping to take on Senator Bob Casey...
Is that like a reporter beginning to ax a question by prefacing the question with, "Some people say..."
I'm from PA and I've yet to see the conventional wisdom poll, where did you find it?
Are you the elusive conventional wisdom, and you just invented that line?
I’m still for Rohrer but I’ve heard only good things about Smith.