A new poll released Wednesday showed Pennsylvania’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman with a lead over Republican nominee Mehmet Oz in the race to be the state’s next U.S. senator.
The poll, conducted June 10-13 by Suffolk University, also showed Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly disapproved President Biden’s job performance, while only 15% rated the state of the U.S. economy as “good.”
Fetterman and Oz are running to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in the key general election battleground state. The race is one of a handful across the country that will likely determine if the Republicans win back the Senate majority in November’s midterms.
According to the poll, 46% of likely Pennsylvania voters said they would support Fetterman to represent the state in the Senate, while 37% said they would vote for Oz. Thirteen percent of respondents said they were undecided, while the rest said they would support other candidates.
Fetterman, who spent his primary night in a hospital bed following a stroke, easily defeated his Democratic challengers, while Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, squeaked past Republican rival Dave McCormick.
Biden’s approval rating was sharply underwater in the key swing state that could also determine the presidency following the 2024 election.
Only 39% of respondents said they approved of the job Biden was doing, while 54% said they disapproved.
The economy was a sore spot for Pennsylvanians in the poll, who appeared to be feeling the effects of the various economic issues plaguing Americans, including rising prices, rising inflation, and record high gas prices.
In the poll, 45% of respondents said they would describe their economic positions as “poor,” while just 15% would rate the economy as “good.”