New Dem Poll Shows Congressman Fitzpatrick With Double Digit Lead In Race For PA-01

Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Democratic Candidate Christina Finello.

A recent poll shows Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick with a 12 point lead in the race for Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District.

The poll, from DFM Research, shows Fitzpatrick leading 47 percent to 35 percent over Democratic challenger Christina Finello. SMART Transportation Division’s Pennsylvania State Legislative Board sponsored the survey.

DFM Research favors Democrats by an average of 1.5%, according to FiveThirtyEight. It has done surveys for several Democratic candidates and parties throughout the country, including in Missouri, Minnesota, and Connecticut.

While previous internal polls from Democrats in June showed a tight race, this recent survey falls in line with more recent GOP polls.

PoliticsPA reports the Finello campaign declined to comment on the poll. However, the Fitzpatrick campaign was quick to point out the divide.

“It’s clear voters don’t trust Christina Finello,” said Kate Constantini, Fitzpatrick campaign spokesperson. “Her refusal to discuss the issues on a debate stage and dark money groups releasing fake polls to boost her campaign are just a few of the reasons why she has lost all credibility.”

The DFM poll was sponsored by SMART Transportation Division’s Pennsylvania State Legislative Board. It surveyed 384 certain and very likely voters in the district between August 16-18. and has a 5 point margin of error.

Additionally, 40 percent of those interviewed said they had not heard of Finello. 21 percent viewed the Ivyland Councilwoman favorably, while 15 percent felt the opposite and 24 percent were neutral.

Meantime, Congressman Fitzpatrick had a 47 percent favorability rating, 40 percent unfavorable, and 11 percent neutral.

The survey also found former Vice President Joe Biden with a sizable lead over President Donald Trump. It shows Biden up 52-to-43 with 5 percent voting other or undecided.

Like other internal polls, PoliticsPA notes this DFM Research survey should be taken with a grain of salt.