New Poll: Chris Christie More Unpopular Than Ever in N.J.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Donald Trump may be on the verge of capturing the Republican nomination for president. But his chief campaign surrogate continues to drop in popularity in his home state.

Per a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll, the governor’s approval rating has hit a new low. Only 26 percent of New Jersey voters have a favorable opinion of Chris Christie, down three points from February and a huge drop from the soaring popularity Christie enjoyed after Hurricane Sandy.

“Among the New Jersey politicians we poll, Governor Christie continues to generate the most negativity among voters, even more so than the state’s currently indicted senator [Robert Menendez,” Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University, said in a release. “Not even Christie’s backing of Donald Trump has helped him with New Jersey Republicans, who give Trump higher ratings than Christie and are now more likely than ever to vote for Trump come June.” Read more »

Harper Poll: McGinty Moves to First Place, Shapiro Has Commanding Lead

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The final poll of the Pennsylvania primary, conducted by conservative firm Harper Polling, found that Katie McGinty has moved into first place just one day before the Democratic Senate primary. Previous polls showed Joe Sestak leading the race, or Sestak and McGinty tied. In the poll, 39 percent of voters said they would vote for Katie McGinty — compared to just 33 percent for Joe Sestak, 15 percent for John Fetterman and 3 percent for Joseph Vodvarka. Eleven percent are undecided.

In the previous Harper Poll in early April, Sestak had 41 percent, McGinty had 31 percent and Fetterman had 9. (Vodvarka, who had been kicked off the ballot but was reinstated last week, was not polled that time.) Read more »

Please, Don’t Let a Pittsburgh Place Win This Cheesesteak Poll

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

Let’s be fair: There is no reason a cheesesteak made in Pittsburgh can’t be good. The Groove Cheesesteak Company — which apparently used to be called Southside Steaks, and still has that URL for its website — may make a good cheesesteak.

In fact, it probably does! (“Southside Steaks” sounds like a more authentic name for a steak shop, though.) There’s no reason that a steak shop has to be in the city of Philadelphia to make a good cheesesteak. Anthony Bourdain himself said Donkey’s in Camden has the best. But there is no way we can let a Pittsburgh place win USA Today’s Best Cheesesteak in Pennsylvania contest.

Working with Sandwich America, USA Today’s “10 best” site has selected 20 places in Pennsylvania that are contenders for the best cheesesteak in the state. Eleven of them are in Philadelphia, and three more are in the suburbs. One, Groove, is in Pittsburgh. Read more »

Quinnipiac Poll: John Kasich the Only Republican Who Could Win Pennsylvania

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (iStockphoto.com). John Kasich (center, via Facebook)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (iStockphoto.com). John Kasich (center, via Facebook)

A new poll from Quinnipiac University finds Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump leading their respective Pennsylvania primaries — but it’s John Kasich who beats all comers in a hypothetical general election in the state.

The poll, released today, surveys likely voters in the Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican primaries. Pennsylvanians vote on April 26th.

The GOP primary poll finds Trump with 39 percent of the vote, Ted Cruz with 30 and John Kasich with 24. That leaves 7 percent undecided, with 27 percent saying they might change their vote before election day. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders, 50-44. Six percent are undecided and 22 percent say they might change their minds before the election. Read more »

Trump, Clinton Lead in New Pennsylvania Poll — But Trump’s Rivals Are Gaining Ground

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The results from the latest Franklin & Marshall poll of registered voters.

A new poll from Franklin & Marshall has Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump out in front in Pennsylvania — but Trump’s rivals are gaining ground.

Clinton has led throughout F&M’s polling; she’s ahead of Bernie Sanders among registered Democrats in the state by a 53 percent to 28 percent margin. In October, that margin was 52-18. Though Bernie has gained, he’s picked up supporters of other candidates and undecideds. Clinton’s lead seems secure; FiveThirtyEight gives her a 97 percent chance of winning the state’s primary.

Things are more interesting on the Republican side.  Trump leads the field with 33 percent of the vote. But John Kasich is not far behind with 30 percent, while Ted Cruz has 20 percent. Seventeen percent of voters still don’t know.

This is quite the change from October, when Trump had 23 percent but Kasich had 6 percent and Cruz just 4. The race is fluid; FiveThirtyEight gives Trump a 48 percent chance of victory in the state. Read more »

GOP Polling Firm: Clinton Leads in Pa. Against Any Republican

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Maybe Pennsylvania Democrats don’t need to be worried about how the presidential race shakes out on the Republican side.

A new poll from Republican firm Harper Polling says Hillary Clinton currently beats Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in hypothetical presidential elections.

Clinton tops Trump, the current Republican frontrunner, 45-40 percent with 15 percent undecided. She bests Cruz, 48-37 percent with 15 percent undecided. In a hypothetical race in Pennsylvania against Marco Rubio, who some pundits have declared dead in the water already, Clinton wins, 46-40 with 15 percent undecided (this exceeds 100 percent due to rounding). Read more »

Who Has Philly’s Best Pizza?

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Look, we know you people have pretty strong opinions about, well, everything, really. As evidenced by our comments section, Twitter feed, Facebook page and pretty much every other platform imaginable, Foobooz readers are not shy about telling people what they like and what they don’t.

So here’s a chance for all of you to put those opinions to good use. We’re currently taking votes in a poll which will ultimately decide this year’s Best Pizza category in our annual Best Of Philly issue. All you’ve got to do is follow the link and have your say.

It’s democracy in action, people, so do your part. Because if the shop you love doesn’t ultimately come through as the winner, you’ll have no one but yourself (and the people of Philadelphia) to blame.

Who Has Philly’s Best Pizza? [Vote Here]

Poll: Pennsylvania Public Split on Mayor Nutter’s Handling of Papal Visit

Pope Francis | neneo / Shutterstock.com. Mayor Nutter | Jeff Fusco

Pope Francis | neneo / Shutterstock.com. Mayor Nutter | Jeff Fusco

A plurality of Pennsylvanians approved Mayor Nutter’s handling of Pope Francis’ September visit to Philly, a new poll from Public Policy Polling reveals.

Forty-six percent of those surveyed approved of Nutter’s performance, compared to just 14 percent who disapproved. Another 39 percent were unsure.

The polling’s methodology may contribute to the seeming ambivalence: Roughly a thousand voters from across Pennsylvania were surveyed by PPP — it’s possible that people outside Philadelphia and its confines may not have had much opinion about the event.

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Philly Ranked Third Unfriendliest City, But at Least We Have a Great Arts Scene

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Philly’s always had a reputation for being kind of grumpy, but perhaps never more so than lately when we’ve got our panties in a wad about the disruptive pope visit. Then there was that whole hitchBOT thing that made national headlines, making us look like the biggest meanies ever. Just last week, Seth Meyers called us out in one of his opening monologues for basically beating up people for no reason.

These moments haven’t escaped Travel + Leisure readers, who ranked Philly No. 3 on its list of “America’s Unfriendliest Cities,” just ahead of Detroit and New York City. Here’s what editors had to say about our particular brand of angry:

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Poll: Trump Leads GOP Contenders in Pa.

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Via Shutterstock

Donald Trump‘s apparent popularity with GOP voters continues to climb.

Trump is the leading Republican candidate in three swing states — Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida — in a just-released poll by Quinnipiac University.

In Pennsylvania, “Trump leads among Republicans with 24 percent, followed by 13 percent for Carson and 10 percent for Rubio,” Quinnipiac reports. “No other candidate tops 7 percent, with 9 percent undecided.” Read more »

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