F&M Poll: PA on Wrong Track

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Franklin & Marshall College Poll

The 26th year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

Below are the highlights of the February 2017, Franklin & Marshall College Poll. Complete results can be found at http://www.fandm.edu/fandmpol

• One in two (52%) registered voters believes the state is "on the wrong track." A majority (54%) of registered voters believes the financial condition of state government is "bad" or "very bad," although about one in five (23%) aren’t sure.

• Two in five (38%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believe Governor Wolf is doing an "excellent" or "good" job as governor, which is up from 31% in February 2016.

• Registered voters continue to believe that government and politicians (24%) are the state’s most important problem followed by education at 16%, unemployment and taxes at 11% and taxes at 11%.

• Six in ten (61%) say they favor an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $12.00 per hour, with 39% strongly in favor and 22% somewhat in favor.

• Two in three (66%) registered voters believe that the United States is "on the wrong track" and two in five (41%) believe that "government" and "politicians" are the most important problem facing the country.

• One in three (32%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes President Trump is doing an "excellent" or "good" job as president.

• Voters are confident in the president’s ability to handle the economy (51%), but are less confident in his ability to handle immigration issues (41%) and foreign affairs (38%).

• Voters give President Trump an average honesty rating of 4.5 using a one to ten scale where one means dishonest and ten means honest. Equal proportions of registered voters say that the media treats the president "very unfairly" (32%) as say the media treats him "very fairly" (32%).

• Only one in four (29%) registered Pennsylvania voters believes that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed entirely; most (60%) believe the law should have a few changes made to improve it.

This survey reflects interviews with 816 Pennsylvania registered voters, including 391 Democrats, 310 Republicans and 114 Independents conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from February 15-19. The sample error for this survey is +/- 5.0 percentage points. A complete methodological statement can be found in the complete report.

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/PennLive, LNP media group, and the Reading Eagle. It may be used in whole or in part, provided any use is attributed to the college.

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