Fetterman More Attuned to Pennsylvania Voters’ Needs than GOP Candidate Oz: Monmouth Poll

Patrick Murray, director of the Polling Institute at Monmouth University.Patrick Murray, director of the Polling Institute at Monmouth University.

West Long Branch, NJ (SBN) – Democrat John Fetterman is viewed more favorably and is more trusted on key issues than Republican Mehmet Oz, in the race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Fetterman is also performing a few points stronger than his party in general, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.

The poll finds that economic concerns are a bigger factor in voters’ Senate choice than rights and democratic processes, but voters interested in democratic processes are more motivated to turn out at this stage of the campaign.

SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin spoke exclusively with Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray about the results of the Pennsylvania senatorial election poll.

You can listen to the conversation in the player below.

Fetterman has a positive personal rating of 47% favorable to 42% unfavorable. Just under half of the electorate will either definitely (32%) or probably (17%) vote for him in November.  Oz has a net negative personal rating of 36% favorable to 52% unfavorable. About 4 in 10 will either definitely (23%) or probably (16%) vote for him. Slightly more Pennsylvania voters say they definitely will not vote for Oz (45%) than completely rule out Fetterman (38%).

Bread and butter concerns are driving factors for most Pennsylvania voters. Top issues facing the country according to the commonwealth’s electorate are the economy (30%) and inflation (31%) along with gas prices specifically (7%). Other issues include illegal immigration (14%), abortion (13%), democracy, voting and elections (11%), and crime (9%). When asked directly which set of issues are a bigger factor in their U.S. Senate vote, 52% point to concerns about the economy and cost of living while 38% are more focused on concerns about fundamental rights and the democratic process. Republicans prioritize the economy (72%) and Democrats prioritize rights (59%).

When asked who they trust more on jobs, the economy and cost of living, 41% of voters choose Fetterman and 36% pick Oz. The Democrat also has larger advantages on “defending your values” (43% to 34% for Oz), as well as abortion (44% to 26%) and gun control (40% to 30%). The two candidates run even on being trusted to handle immigration (34% Fetterman to 34% Oz).

Comparing favorability ratings for the two political parties finds them running about even – 45% favorable for the Democratic Party and 43% favorable for the Republican Party. The same is true at the presidential level – 43% have a favorable view of Joe Biden and 43% have a favorable view of Donald Trump. When asked about their preference for party control of Congress, Pennsylvania voters are divided at 47% for the Republicans and 46% for the Democrats.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from September 8 to 12, 2022 with 605 Pennsylvania registered voters. The question results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.