Pennsylvania Poll Has Pro-Life Candidate Tom Corbett Leading Dan Onorato
by Steven Ertelt
July 5, 2010
Harrisburg, PA (LifeNews.com) — A new poll out of the Keystone State finds pro-life Attorney General Tom Corbett holding a 10 percentage point lead in his race for governor against Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato. The new Rasmussen Reports survey has Corbett with the support of 49 percent of Pennsylvania residents.
The poll has Onorato getting 39 percent, his best showing of the year in any Rasmussen poll to this point.
Another 4 percent of Pennsylvania voters prefer another candidate while eight percent say they are still undecided about the race in which the winner will replace term-limited pro-abortion Gov. Ed Rendell.
A month ago, Corbett was ahead 49% to 33% but he has held a steady lead throughout the race thus far. In surveys since February prior to this one, his support has ranged from 45% to 52%, while Onorato’s in the same period has fallen in the range of 26% to 36%. Onorato has never posted a lead in the race.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen said, "Corbett leads among both male and female voters in Pennsylvania. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, he holds a double-digit advantage over Onorato."
"Corbett is viewed Very Favorably by 22% of voters and Very Unfavorably by 10%. For Onorato, Very Favorables are 21% and Very Unfavorables 15%," he added. "Figures for both men have changed little since their primary victories in May."
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation noted Corbett and Lt. Governor candidate Jim Cawley’s primary election victories and said the pair would be running as a "pro-life team."
Corbett was one of the sponsors of the 2008 Celebrate Life Banquet benefiting the work of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund.
The organization applauded him in 2008 when he joined with attorneys general from across the country in objecting to a special $100 million dollar deal for Nebraska included in the Senates pro-abortion health care bill.
The deal was designed to win the vote of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, who had previously opposed the troubled legislation, but then flip-flopped on the bill and abortion funding.
At the same time in Pennsylvania politics, pro-life Senate candidate Pat Toomey continues to hold a modest advantage over pro-abortion candidates Joe Sestak in the race to replace pro-abortion Arlen Specter as U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.
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