Democratic incumbent Gov. Ed Rendell starts his 2006 reelection campaign with a 48 - 36 percent lead over former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann, the leading Republican challenger in Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
In this survey, conducted after Bill Scranton dropped out of race, Gov. Rendell leads Swann 74 - 15 percent among Democrats and 49 - 31 percent among independent voters, while Swann leads 64 - 22 percent among Republicans. Men back Rendell 52 - 35 percent, while women back him by a smaller 44 - 36 percent margin.
The Institute's Asst. Dir. is pretty blunt in his assessment:
"Republican leaders may have anointed Lynn Swann their candidate for governor, but Pennsylvania voters are slow to jump on the Swann bandwagon. Despite all the Swann hoopla in the past month, he has failed to seriously narrow Gov. Rendell's double-digit lead," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.