A new poll says the presidential race in Pennsylvania between Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican billionaire businessman Donald Trump is tight, but Mr. Trump doesn’t do as well against two other opponents.
One is independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The other is the Phillie Phanatic.
Yep, you read that right.
Public Policy Polling actually asked this question:
“Who do you think is more qualified to be president: the Phillie Phanatic or Donald Trump?”
Mr. Trump lost with 46 percent of registered voters saying the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team’s lovable mascot is more qualified and 40 percent saying he is. Another 14 percent said they didn’t know, which doesn’t look good for Mr. Trump either.
It’s a silly question, of course, because most Democrats – and probably some Republicans – can’t stand Mr. Trump and just answered that way to ridicule him.
In the real world, where Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton are the major parties’ presumptive nominees, Mrs. Clinton had the support of 41 percent of voters, Mr. Trump, 40 percent, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, 6 percent, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, 3 percent, and 11 percent unsure.
Head to head against only each other, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump tied at 44 percent.
Mr. Sanders continues to do far better than Mrs. Clinton in both matchups.
With all the candidates in, it’s Mr. Sanders at 45 percent, Mr. Trump, 36 percent, Mr. Johnson, 5 percent, Ms. Stein, 1 percent, and 12 percent unsure.
Head to head against Mr. Trump, Mr. Sanders leads 51 percent to 39 percent with 10 percent unsure.
This poll again shows Mr. Trump standing better than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at this point in 2012 and Sen. John McCain of Arizona in 2008 against President Barack Obama.
Interestingly, Mr. Sanders has now joined Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton in being viewed unfavorably more often than favorably by voters.
The favorables/unfavorable are:
—Mrs. Clinton, 35 percent favorable/56 percent unfavorable, 9 percent unsure.
—Mr. Trump, 34 percent favorable/59 percent unfavorable, 7 percent unsure.
—Mr. Sanders, 39 percent favorable/48 percent unfavorable, 12 percent unsure.
In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Pat Toomey led Democratic nominee Katie McGinty, 41 percent to 38 percent with 21 percent unsure.
Only 29 percent of voters expressed approval of the way Mr. Toomey does his job with 41 percent disapproving ant 29 percent unsure.
They aren’t exactly enamored of Ms. McGinty either with 26 percent viewing her favorably, 34 percent unfavorably, and 40 percent unsure.
Both are certainly partly a function of all the negative TV commercials and their supporting outside political action committees have bombarded the airwaves with since the April 26 primary election.
Public Policy surveyed 1,106 registered voters from last Friday to Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The organization has a reputation as Democratic leaning, but Nate Silver’s 538 rated its polling as a B plus last week and said PPP actually showed a two-tenths of a percentage point Republican bias over 383 previous polls.
—BORYS KRAWCZENIUK