Franklin & Marshall College Poll: The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania
ABOVE PHOTO: Senator Pat Toomey and Governor Tom Corbett.
Complete results can be found at http://politics.fandm.edu.
The May 2013 Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters:
Governor Tom Corbett: Gov. Tom Corbett’s job performance remains low (25 percent), with little change from February (26 percent). His job performance continues to be lower than the two previous governors’ rating at this time in their terms.
Senator Pat Toomey: Senator Toomey’s favorability ratings have increased since February, rising to 35 percent favorable from 26 percent favorable.
State Priorities (mean on a one to ten scale):
Help create new jobs (8.9)
Improve the state’s economy (8.9)
Privatize the lottery (3.6)
Privatize the state liquor stores (4.9)
Policy Issue: State Liquor Store Privatization:
A plurality (47 percent) of the state’s registered voters supports selling the state-owned liquor stores to private companies, which is significantly lower than it was in February (53 percent). Support for selling the state stores has declined from February among both Republicans (54 percent, down from 61 percent) and Democrats (41 percent, down from 48 percent).
The number, however, that strongly oppose rose from 24 percent to 31 percent since February.
Despite support for the liquor stores sales, more registered voters believe the state-owned liquor stores should continue as they are (31 percent) or be modernized (26 percent) than believe they should be sold to private companies (37 percent).
If the state stores are sold, 32 percent believe the money should be used to assist local school districts, 26 percent to reduce property taxes and 17 percent to fund road and bridge improvements.
Policy Issue: Marijuana Legalization: A majority of voters oppose making the use of marijuana legal, 38 percent favor to 54 percent oppose, but 82 percent favor the use of marijuana for medical reasons if prescribed by a doctor (82 percent favor to 16 percent oppose).
Policy Issue: Legalizing Same-sex Relationship: A majority of voters continue to favor allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry (54 percent favor to 41 percent oppose).
This survey reflects interviews with 526 Pennsylvania voters conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from April 30-May 5, 2013 (sample error of +/- 4.3 percentage points).
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Lancaster Newspapers. It may be used in whole or in part, provided any use is attributed to Franklin & Marshall College.
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