Obama has closed the gap from 13% since last week’s poll, but Hill still has an impressive lead in the Keystone State.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Pennsylvania shows Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama 49% to 39%. Thatâ€™s little changed from earlier in the month when Clinton led 51% to 38%.
How has the Wright controversy affected these poll numbers? It’s not clear since Obama has made up ground since last week, but here are some stats…
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Likely Democratic Primary voters in Pennsylvania have read, seen, or heard about comments made by Jeremiah Wright, Obamaâ€™s former Pastor. Nearly half, 47%, say it has no impact on their vote. Fifteen percent (15%) say Wrightâ€™s comments make them more likely to vote for Obama while 36% say the opposite.
Overall, 38% are somewhat or very concerned about Obamaâ€™s relationship with Wright. That figure includes 62% of Clinton supporters, 11% of Obama voters, and 36% of those who are undecided.
The biggest thing to remember? There are still 12% that haven’t decided yet. And as we know, late breakers have been going for Hill in these later contests and bigger states, mostly because of controversies such as the Canada/NAFTA story and attack ads like the 3 a.m. phone call. Both hurt Obama. Wright could do the same in PA.
We shall see…