Survey of 500 Likely Voters
July 26, 2006

Election 2006:
Pennsylvania Governor
Ed Rendell (D) 50%
Lynn Swann (R) 40%
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Pennsylvania Governor: Rendell (D) Sustains Double-Digit Lead

Democratic Governor Ed Rendell

For the third survey in a row, Democratic Governor Ed Rendell is enjoying a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race. The Rasmussen Reports election poll now shows Rendell ahead 50% to 40% (see crosstabs).

Early in 2006, the race was a toss-up. Rendell opened his lead after the May primaries. Voter anger over erupted during the primaries and several senior Republican incumbents in the state legislature were given the boot. The anger focused on a furtive pay raise the legislators voted for themselves last year.

It's also been argued that as a political neophyte, not really tested in the Republican primary, Swann has somewhat fumbled his early advantages.

Still, Rendell's lead has declined a bit—last month he was fourteen points ahead; the month before, eighteen points.

Rendell is viewed favorably by 62% of all voters, unfavorably by 36%. Fifty-eight percent (58%) approve of his performance as Governor.

Swann is viewed favorably by 59%, unfavorably by 31%.

The Pennsylvania Senate race is also looking good for the Democrats.

Fifty-four percent of likely Pennsylvania voters say the political system is badly broken, including 40% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats, and 58% of unaffiliated voters.

Sixty-two percent (62%) say marriage should be defined as a kind of relationship between a man and a women; 34% say any two adults could fill the bill. Fifty-six percent (56%) are pro-choice, 37% pro-life. Almost as many say that the Bible is literally true (43%) as disagree (44%).

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