The Franklin & Marshall College Poll

The January 2016 Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania registered voters shows increasing dissatisfaction with the direction of the state and with the state’s politicians. Two in three (67%) registered voters believe the state is “on the wrong track,” up from 62% in October, and two in five (38%) say that government and politicians are the biggest problems facing the state. Four in five (82%) voters believe that state government needs reformed. These sentiments are continuing to affect Governor Wolf’s job performance ratings; 33% of registered voters believe he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor, which is down from 36% in October and 39% in August. The January Poll shows that more registered voters continue to hold the state legislature (52%) than the governor (32%) responsible for the state’s late budget.

View the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll (PDF):

January 18 - 23, 2016 - Franklin & Marshall College Poll


The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAETV (Pittsburgh), WPVITV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Harrisburg PatriotNews, and Lancaster Newspapers. This survey may used in whole or in part, but must contain the reference that it was conducted at Franklin & Marshall College.


Center for Politics & Public Affairs

The Center for Politics and Public Affairs, established in 2004, fosters the study of politics and public policy. It is under the auspices of the College's Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis.

Center for Opinion Research

The Floyd Institute's Center For Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College provides research services, technical assistance and training to government agencies, private corporations, professional associations, the media and other organizations. The Center is a resource for those seeking objective information about the major issues and problems facing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its citizens.