Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Obama leads in the suburbs

A poll from Gwynedd Mercy College has Barack Obama leading John McCain in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Obama leads in the suburbs



And now we have a poll of the Philadelphia suburbs, one of the key areas in the battle for Pennsylvania's 21 electoral votes. It shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 59 per cent to 36 per cent, which is more than enough (if it works that way on Election Day) to win the state for him.

This survey of voters in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties was done by the students of Gwynedd Mercy College adjunct professor Terry Kent Wimmer over the weekend.

Not the most scientific poll, perhaps. Of the 605 registered voters polled, nearly 70 per cent were women, which, obviously, is not reflective of the electorate as a whole. The distribution of the voters among the four counties was reasonably close to actual populations. Nearly 98 per cent of those contacted said they planned to vote, which probably won't happen but indicates the continuing high level of interest in the election.

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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