PA Zogby Poll

He's not well-known. His name sounds like Pinocchio. He's a teacher. He doesn't have money... All of those things have been said about my candidate for US Senate Chuck Pennacchio. Well, fuck that shit. commissioned Zogby International to poll Pennsylvanians about the issues at stake. The Senate race, Alito, paper ballots, W, the War... The results are in and the analysis has begun.

The Santorum Casey race: When people find out about candidate positions on key issues Casey plummets from a twelve point lead to a dead heat, with a non-significant two point lead.

Santorum loses when matched with any of the democratic candidates. Both of the self identified progressive democratic candidates draw higher percentages than Casey, with Pennacchio having the largest percentage of votes against Santorum, at a not quite significant 4.4 points higher than Casey. Casey, at non-significant levels, actually gets MORE votes from Republicans once they find out more about him and Santorum.

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There's goes that whole name recognition thing. And this more than reinforces Chuck's "viability" and "electability" two words I loathe, but some people like to use. People will vote for Chuck Pennacchio.

The poll found that an overwhelming number of respondents want some sort of paper record of their votes whether it be in the form of paper receipts or sticking with lever machines.

And on the national issue of Presidential wiretapping, respondents said that if W is found guilty of violating the law by wiretapping American citizens, 53.7% said they agree that he should be impeached.

This is only a preliminary analysis, there's a shitload of data go to through and more findings will be released by in the next few days.

If your excuse in not backing Chuck was that he had no name recognition, you no longer have an excuse. If your excuse in not backing Chuck was that he has no money, open up your wallets and give it to him, he's WINNING IN A HEAD TO HEAD POLL AGAINST RICK SANTORUM. If your excuse in not backign Chuck is that he's a teacher, well, he's a damn professor of US History, we need more people with that kind of background serving us in government. If your excuse in not backing Chuck was that his name sounds too much like Pinocchio, well, a friend of mine told me that it means "lucky" and penacho, the root of Pennacchio's name means "pen feather / quill" so don't sweat it.

This is great news for the Pennacchio campaign. Spread the word. Learn more about Pennacchio on his website. You can find his stances on the issues here.

Tags: Casey, PA-Sen, Pennacchio, poll, Sandals, Zogby (all tags)



Re: PA Zogby Poll

I'm confused, is this an Internet poll or a phone poll? I don't see any information on the methodology.

by johnny longtorso 2006-01-27 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: PA Zogby Poll
I've heard that this was a Zogby Interactive poll, phone.
by Albert 2006-01-27 09:15AM | 0 recs
Re: PA Zogby Poll
Crap, scratch that. I meant email. This was a Zogby Interactive poll via EMAIL.
by Albert 2006-01-27 09:21AM | 0 recs
Re: PA Zogby Poll

If people want to vote for a Republican, they'll vote for a real Republican every time.  So why should Casey be the dems hot date?  Daddy?  Sure, let's drag out all the children of past governors.  Oh, the Republicans are doing that , too.  Isn't that right, Mr. Scranton?  Mr. Kean?

by David Kowalski 2006-01-27 10:19AM | 0 recs
Re: PA Zogby Poll

Yeah, it's not like Casey has ever been elected to statewide office. Oh wait....

by bluenc 2006-01-27 01:36PM | 0 recs
Re: PA Zogby Poll

Yeah, and it's not like Casey has ever lost a race for statewide office. Oh wait....

by acaben 2006-01-27 02:52PM | 0 recs
In a general?

by sucopsucoh 2006-01-27 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: In a general?

Nope. Never. The only race he's lost was the primary againt Rendell. In his last election, he received more votes than any other candidate for statewide office in PA history.

by bluenc 2006-01-27 10:11PM | 0 recs
Re: PA Zogby Poll
the questions are now all online here
by Albert 2006-01-27 11:16AM | 0 recs
Doesn't change the name recognition

Let me begin by saying that I was a big Chuck supporter at the start of his campaign, and I would love for him to be the nominee.

Contrary to what you say, this poll does not change anything about Pennacchio's name recognition, except for the 1000 or so people who were actually polled.  The poll didn't ask "who do you support, Chuck or Casey?"  The poll said "This is what Chuck stands for, this is what Casey stands for.  Who do you
support?"  That's a HUGE difference.  Chuck can have 0 name recognition and do great in that poll if people agree with his positions.  Problem is, Chuck doesn't have the name recognition and no one knows what he stands for versus what Casey stands for.

All this poll confirms is that IF people know what Chuck and Casey each stand for, they'd prefer Chuck.  Unfortunately, no one knows what either of them stand for (one of them because he doesn't have money and the other because he doesn't really stand for much publicly).

by Fran for Dean 2006-01-27 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Doesn't change the name recognition
And I'm/we're working hard everyday to change that.
by Albert 2006-01-27 11:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Hate to be the one

that's just how bad Casey is.

by Albert 2006-01-27 04:52PM | 0 recs
Casey vs. Santorum

A little reminder:

                                            Pennacchio       Santorum     Casey

Sensible Gun Control Laws             For           Against      Against

Iraq Exit Strategy                           For          Against       Against

Equal Rights                                  For            Against      Against

Expanded Stem Cell Research        For            Against      Against

Takes Corporate PAC Money           No                Yes             Yes

Reproductive Choice                      For              Against     Against

Death Penalty Moratorium            For                  For           Against

Living Wage                                  For               Against    Against

Separation of Church & State       For                Against    Against

Not only is Casey that bad, he is also a horrible campaigner. We can play fantasy games all month long about which candidate can or will beat Santorum. The bottom line is that it is irrelevant what anybody thinks except the primary voters of Pennsylvania.

The fundamental question is why the Chuck Schumer, Al Rendell and the DSCC jumped into a Democratic primary, against their own policy, in favor of what may be the weakest candidate.

Rendell, Schumer and the DSCC have done everything they can to ordain Casey and have what is essentially a brokered primary. Do we want to let primary voters decide who they prefer or do we want to go back to smoke filled rooms where slots are filled by party bosses?

by Gary Boatwright 2006-01-27 06:12PM | 0 recs
You're Just Playing The Reality Card! n/t

by Paul Rosenberg 2006-01-27 06:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

Where did you get this list from? I'd like to know what site you got it from since you haven't put any links to it.

by jiacinto 2006-01-28 05:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

Yeah, he's tried this before, and it's dead wrong. Casey is for an increase in the minimum wage. So, that's a lie. The "Separation of Church and State" line is just pure speculation. "What? He's religious? Well, let's mark him down as Falwell nutjob." And, by the way, Casey is on the side of equal rights, opposing legislation that would prevent same-sex couples from adopting and stating that companies should provide partnership benefits to same-sex couples. Casey's against school vouchers, against privatizing Social Security, against CAFTA, and against drilling in ANWR. He has a strong environmental record (endorsed by LCV) and wants to make alternative energy sources a national priority.

The weakest candidate? In 2004, Casey received more votes than ANY OTHER STATEWIDE CANDIDATE IN PENNSYVANIA HISTORY! But, yeah, let's support an unknown history professor whose every opinion is to the left of mainstream Pennsylvanians.

by bluenc 2006-01-28 09:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

Casey is for an increase in minimum wage to $7.15 over two years, yes, but that's still not a living wage adjusted to inflation which is what Chuck Pennacchio wants.

On the Separation of Church and State, I believe Gary refers to the issue of the display of the 10 Commandments on federal property:
Ten Commandments. (The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to ban displays of the 10 Commandments in government buildings, as a violation of separation of church and state.) "I don't oppose [such displays]. I do think politicians spend a lot more time talking about that question than trying to live the 10 Comandments. No matter what your religious beliefs, there are some universal truths in those commandments that we all ought to live by."
Daily News

On same-sex couples adopting, he hasn't made a definitive stance, saying in the past and present that he's opposed to gay couples adopting, examples here.

And why did he come out in favor of Alito's nomination if he's so strong on the environment and labor/unions?

by Albert 2006-01-29 01:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

This is where I got the info about Casey's stance on adoption: /audittreasurer.htm

Looks like he's just doing what a politician does. It's not great, but let's face it, we all put up with it.

You're never going to get a minimum wage adjusted for inflation and cost of living. It just won't get through Congress. An increase on the minimum wage like the one Casey has recommended, has strong support and has a very good chance of actually happening. What's better- a not perfect increase or no increase at all? Plus, a lot of minimum wage campaigns don't advocate jacking it up immediately. This would probably have an adverse effect on the economy. Rather, it's smarter to incrementally bring it up so that we can keep jobs.

He came out in favor of Alito because he pretty much had to. Alito ruled on his dad's side in Casey v. Planned Parenthood, and it would have been awkward for him to not support Alito. It wasn't right, but that's why he did it. Ultimately, it doesn't make a huge difference, because he won't be voting.

Also, I would like to reiterate that in his last election Casey received more votes than any other statewide candidate in the history of Pennsylvania. He's the only candidate who can win.

by bluenc 2006-01-29 04:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

He had no obligation to come out on the Alito nomination and in coming out for it, he/they basically said, "fuck you, you're going to vote for me anyways" which is not true.  He's lost quite a bit of ground here in PA across the state, judging from your handle 'bluenc' I'm going to assume you don't know what's going on here on the ground.

Casey apologists.  Blech.  

He is not the only candidate who can win.

by Albert 2006-01-29 07:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

Show me a poll that has Pennachio beating Santorum.

by bluenc 2006-01-30 03:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum
umm, this diary was specifically about that?
by Albert 2006-01-30 06:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

Oh I'm sorry, I meant a real poll that actually means something.

by bluenc 2006-01-30 12:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Casey vs. Santorum

Anyone who is Pro-Iraq war and anti-Reproductive rights does not get my vote.

by Liberal 2006-01-29 04:44PM | 0 recs
Re: PA Zogby Poll

I took the poll. It came in my inbox after Casey stated he'd support Alito on the Supreme Court. I have to think that statement influenced more than just me.

The position statements were interesting, but the 'who would you vote for' questions came both before and after the issue list. Interestingly enough, it also included a Republican challenger who was more moderate on the issues than Casey.

by musicsleuth 2006-01-27 07:43PM | 0 recs


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