Raleigh, N.C. – Senator Bob Casey holds large leads over a relatively unknown field of Republican challengers, a new poll from Public Policy Polling finds. Casey’s job approval rating numbers are fairly neutral with just 38% of voters approving, 36% disapproving and 26% not sure. But Casey is benefitting from his potential Republican challengers’ lack of name recognition and as a result leads each of them by 15-20 points.
None of the five potential Republican challengers PPP tested are well-known enough by voters to have more than even a quarter of respondents able to render a favorable or unfavorable opinion of them. David Christian has a 6% favorable rating, with 13% unfavorable and 82% not sure; Sam Rohrer is at 12/13 with 75% not sure; Marc Scaringi is at 5/12 with 83% not sure, Tom Smith comes in at 12/13 with 76% not sure; and Steve Welch is at 5/12 with 83% not sure.