August 17, 2022 | Pittsburgh Works Together
PITTSBURGH, PA: A new poll by the business-union alliance Pittsburgh Works Together shows Pennsylvania voters strongly favor Democrats Josh Shapiro for governor (50%-35%) and John Fetterman for the United States Senate (51%-33%) over their Republican challengers, Doug Mastriano and Mehmet Oz, respectively, in this fall’s elections.
The poll also shows voters across the political spectrum want policies that drive economic growth and job creation, including an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and other elements of the Pittsburgh Works Opportunity Agenda.
“Republican and Democratic voters can’t agree that the sky is blue, so when they overwhelmingly agree that a diverse portfolio is needed for reliable and affordable energy, and nine-of-ten believe that Pennsylvania should be rebuilding its manufacturing base, politicians across the spectrum and around the country should take serious notice,” said Pittsburgh Works Executive Director, Jeff Nobers.
“We hope, and we expect, that all candidates will focus on the issues this poll shows voters overwhelmingly support: a focus on economic development, job training and the need for an ‘all the above’ energy approach that includes natural gas, nuclear, and wind and solar,” he said.
The new poll's key takeaways include:
The poll shows overwhelming bipartisan support for key elements of the Pittsburgh Works Pennsylvania Opportunity Agenda (www.pghworks.com/our-plan), including:
“Voters are clear: business as usual won’t cut it anymore. If we don’t grow Pennsylvania’s economy, communities will continue to lose population and we won’t have the resources to address health care, education, public safety and quality of life issues,” Nobers said. “Pennsylvania has the location, the resources and the workforce to rebuild America’s manufacturing. Now what we need is the leadership in Harrisburg and Washington, DC.”
The poll of 600 registered Pennsylvania voters was sponsored by Pittsburgh Works Together and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies from August 7th to 10th with a margin of error of +/- 4.0%. A similar poll was conducted in February 2022 and comparisons with the earlier poll are included in the table below.
*Combined strongly agree/somewhat agree or strongly support/somewhat support
*Combined strongly disagree/somewhat disagree or strongly oppose/somewhat oppose