Fox News reported last month that Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz finally eked out a narrow victory over his rival Dave McCormick following a recount.
However, the network put out a poll this week showing that Oz is nine points behind Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman.
Fetterman beats Oz when it comes to favorability
Carried out between July 22 and July 26, the survey found that 47% of registered voters in Pennsylvania support Fetterman compared with just 36% who back Oz.
What’s more, 49% of Keystone State voters regard Fetterman favorably as only 35% feel the same way about his Republican rival.
Chris Anderson owns the Democratic polling firm Beacon Research, and he conducted the Fox News poll in conjunction with Republican pollster Daron Shaw.
Anderson told the network that the fact Oz appears to be struggling so badly at this point in the race is a harbinger of bad things to come.
“It’s tough to underestimate the Herculean rehabilitation that Oz needs to perform on himself to make this race competitive,” Anderson was quoted as saying.
“Once voters decide they don’t like you, it’s hard to convince them otherwise,” he insisted, adding, “Unfortunately for Pennsylvania voters, that probably means a super-charged negative campaign where Oz tries to pull Fetterman down.”
Voters worried about inflation were more likely to trust Oz than Fetterman
Shaw was also critical of Oz, saying, “Pennsylvania is patient-zero for the talking point that Republicans could lose the Senate by nominating flawed candidates.” What’s more, Shaw pointed to how Oz is having trouble garnering enthusiasm among GOP voters.
“The mood is negative, the president’s ratings are poor, and issue environment favors the GOP, but their candidate is chasing 10 points because Republicans aren’t sure he’s capable.”
Fox News did note that the poll offered Oz “one bright spot” when it came to inflation. Twenty-seven percent of voters said the issue was their primary concern, far outstripping the 14% who named abortion and 11% who cited election integration.
Inflation-minded support Oz by 39 points, whereas Fetterman was up 56 points with those most worried about abortion and 35 points who named election integrity as their primary focus.