The first independent poll of Pennsylvania’s 8th District congressional race shows incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy down double-digits to former congressman Republican Mike Fitzpatrick who Murphy beat by 1,518 votes to take the seat in 2006.
The Philadelphia Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Fitzpatrick up 49-35 percent among likely voters and 46-36 percent ahead among all those registered to vote.
Only 40 percent of registered voters say he deserves re-election while 47 percent say its time for a change.
President Obama won the district with 54 percent of the vote in 2008 but now has a 37-percent approval rating there.
The poll found that 18 percent of Democrats will vote for Fitzpatrick compared to 8 percent of Republicans voting for Murphy. The district has 14,000 more Democrats than Republicans.
The poll showed that Fitzpatrick leads among men 50-33 percent; women 48-38 percent; and independents 38-31 percent.
Murphy easily held the seat in 2008 with 57 percent of the vote over Republican Tom Manion and independent Tom Lingenfelter, who will not be on the ballot this year.