6abc, Franklin and Marshall poll results

March 20, 2008 6:04:31 PM PDT
Results of the 6abc/Franklin and Marshall poll show Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama in Pennsylvania. Annette Caruso of Chalfont, Montgomery County told our pollsters she's with the New York senator this spring. "Right now, I'm definitely leaning towards Hillary Clinton," Annette Caruso of Chalfont said.

Running strong in the Philadelphia suburbs is normally a prerequisite for winning consistently statewide. The Obama-Clinton battle will be no exception.

56% of Pennsylvania's registered female democrats say they are with Clinton if the primary were held today. Hillary's double-digit lead is not a surprise; the demographics of the commonwealth are tailor made for her.

"Women, senior citizens, union members, Catholic voters, and they are dispersed geographically around the state. Barack Obama does well among young white voters and he does especially well in the city of Philadelphia," political analyst Terry Madonna said.

Obama is only garnering 23 percent of Democratic women.

"I'm going to vote for Hillary Clinton because I think she is the most qualified. I think we need somebody who has experience, more experience than Mr. Obama, who I think is wonderful, but I don't think is ready," Fanchon Apfel of Haverford said.

For men, the margin is much tighter with 42 percent for Clinton and 35 percent for Obama.

"I trust him and I feel his inexperience is one of his strong points because he's not jaded or tainted by business as usual in Washington," Jeffrey Tress of Valley Forge said.

The racial divide among Pennsylvania Democrats is 54 percent of whites back Clinton, 23 percent for Obama. Obama's attracting 54% of non-whites versus clinton with 27 percent.

"Obama because I think he's going to be very good for the country," Andrea Winters of Media said.

This poll was taken during the height of the storm about the inflammatory sermons of Obama's long time minister. The poll was completed before Obama's widely acclaimed speech on racial healing.