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13 May 2013

Franklin & Marshall College Poll: The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

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May 13, 2013 Category: Local Posted by:

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):

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Highest priorities:

    Help create new jobs (8.9)

    Improve the state’s economy (8.9)

 

Lowest priorities:

    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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November 2, 2012 Category: Local Posted by:

Below are the highlights of the October 2012, Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters. Complete results can be found at http://politics.fandm.edu

 

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The October 2012, Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters finds Barack Obama with a 4 point lead among likely voters compared to a 9 point lead in the September poll over Mitt Romney.

 

Complete results, including detailed methodology, can be found at http://politics.fandm.edu.

 

  • Obama leads Romney, 49 percent to 45 percent, with 4 percent undecided among likely voters while in September he led 52 percent to 43 percent, with 3 percent undecided.
  • Bob Casey leads Tom Smith, 46 percent to 36 percent, with 13 percent undecided in the US senate race. In September Casey led, 48 percent to 38 percent, with 8 percent undecided.
  • Obama is seen as better able to handle foreign policy issues, 56 percent to 37 percent, better able to understand the concerns of ordinary Americans, 54 percent to 39 percent, better able to handle the job as military chief, 51 percent to 42 percent, closest to voters’ views on abortion and gay marriage, 47 percent to 40 percent, but Romney is now seen as more prepared to fix our economic problems, 47 percent to 42 percent.
  • Obama is viewed favorably by 50 percent of respondents similar to September but Romney is viewed favorably by 43 percent compared to 34 percent in September.
  • President Obama’s job performance rating is more negative (46 percent) than positive (53 percent).
  • Voters are less interested in the election this year, 67 percent (very interested) when compared to 2008, 73 percent, (very interested).

 

This survey reflect interviews with 849 Pennsylvania voters conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from October 23-28, 2012 (sample error of +/- 3.4 percentage points). The survey includes 547 interviews with likely voters (sample error of +/- 4.2 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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