Quinnipiac Poll Shows Sestak Closing Gap on Specter

Posted May 4, 2010 at 8:02am

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) is ahead of Rep. Joe Sestak (D) by a mere 8 points with two weeks to go until the May 18 primary, according to a new poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

Specter led Sestak 47 percent to 39 percent, after having a more than 20-point lead over the Congressman for most of the race. The tightening of the race shown by the Quinnipiac poll mirrors the results of a Muhlenberg College poll released Monday that showed Specter with a 6-point lead over Sestak.

It seems Sestak’s television ad campaign might be finally paying off. The poll showed that Sestak is becoming better known in the state, and the number of voters who view him favorably jumped 10 points to 43 percent from the last Quinnipiac poll.

However, the same pool of likely Democratic voters surveyed in the poll overwhelmingly stated that they thought Specter was better positioned over Sestak to win the general election, 60 percent to 23 percent.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 930 likely Democratic primary voters in the Keystone State from April 28 to May 2. The poll had a margin of error of 3.2 points.