Pittsburgh is the most favored city to Pennsylvania voters -- according to the latest rollout from Public Policy Polling -- and hilariously Harrisburg is the only major city statewide to be disliked by people who live there. Democrats, Republicans and especially independents (65-15% approval) like Pittsburgh.
While Scranton is a popular city statewide, it is not voters' favorite. That would be Pittsburgh, which has a 57-17 favorability margin. Of eight cities we asked about, the only one of which voters have a net negative opinion is by far its most populous, Philadelphia. Only 37% see it favorably and 42% unfavorably. Between the western and eastern bookends are Bethlehem (42-10), Erie (41-11), Scranton, Allentown (34-22), Reading (31-26), and Harrisburg (38-34).
Philly is seen very well by the people in the area codes surrounding it, but worse in areas further west. Pitt is seen well by every area of the state, particularly the western parts nearest it. Harrisburg is the only city disliked by its own area code and liked by others.
Philly has by far the biggest difference along racial lines of any of the cities. White voters fall similarly to the overall numbers (34-43), but African Americans really like Philly (61-29).
Partially because of this racial gap, Philadelphia is also the most polarizing along partisan lines. Democrats like it, but not as much as Republicans dislike it, and not as much as Democrats like Pittsburgh. Democrats fall at 47-30 on Philly, while Republicans fall at 26-55 and independents at 38-40. For Pitt, voters of all stripes like it: Democrats (64-13), Republicans (48-26), and independents most of all (65-6). Probably because it is the capital, voters are also a little split on Harrisburg politically. Democrats (41-32) and independents (36-29) aren't that thrilled about it, but Republicans slightly dislike it (35-37).