Democratic Poll Has Rep. English Trailing Narrowly

Posted July 14, 2008 at 12:43pm

A new poll commissioned by his challenger’s campaign showed Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.) trailing in his bid for an eighth term by a single percentage point.

The poll showed businesswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (D) leading English 41 percent to 40 percent, with 19 percent undecided.

English could be in one of the toughest races of his career against Dahlkemper, a political novice who won a four-way primary in April. Though the northwestern Pennsylvania district voted narrowly for President Bush in 2000 and 2004, English went up on television with his first advertisement in June — much earlier than in previous cycles.

The poll also showed English with a 35 percent job approval rating, compared to a 52 percent negative job approval rating. The Momentum Analysis poll surveyed 400 likely voters in the district from July 8 to 10. The margin of error was 4.9 points.