2) Couldn't you just as easily say that there are social conservatives in much of PA (say, Scranton, etc, etc) who would vote for a Democrat, except for they don't want to vote for a pro-choice candidate? You know, the people who the Casey family is widly popular with?
Only 23 percent of Pennsylvania voters know that Casey is pro-life, while 8 percent think he is pro-choice and 69 percent don't know Casey's position on abortion.
And only 15 percent of voters say they would vote against a candidate based only on his position on abortion. Of that group, two-thirds are staunchly anti-abortion, while one third, or 5 percent of the total electorate, say they are staunchly pro-choice.
Among Democrats who identify as pro-choice and who initially expressed support for Casey, only 9 percent say they are "very likely" to shift their support to a pro-choice Democrat in a primary.
"The most surprising thing about this poll is that two-thirds of the voters say they don't know how Bob Casey Jr. stands on the issue of abortion. But given that, only five percent of the voters say they would definitely vote against a candidate just because he opposed abortion," Richards said.
"With Casey holding double digit leads, this is an indication that his stand against abortion is not having a major impact in either the Democratic primary or the general election."