The Franklin & Marshall College Poll

The October 2015 Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania registered voters shows a great deal of dissatisfaction with the direction of the state and with the state’s politicians. Two in three (62%) registered voters believe the state is “on the wrong track,” up from 54% in August, and two in five (39%) say that government and politicians are the biggest problems facing the state. These sentiments are starting to affect Governor Wolf’s job performance ratings; 36% of registered voters believe he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor, which is down from 39% in August. The October Poll shows that more registered voters hold the state legislature (51%) than the governor (32%) responsible for the state’s late budget. Voters overwhelmingly support increased taxes on smokeless tobacco and cigars (71%) and natural gas extraction (67%), but are less supportive of increased income taxes (25%) and expanded sales taxes (34%) as a way of balancing the state budget. The poll also finds that a majority (51%) of registered voters believe Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign because of the criminal charges filed against her, an increase from 46% in August.

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

October 19-25, 2015 - 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.