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July 29 - August 4, 2019 Franklin & Marshall College Poll 

The August 2019 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that Pennsylvania voters are generally satisfied with the direction of the state and their personal finances. Half (51%) of the state’s registered voters believe the state is “headed in the right direction.” Most voters report they are “better off” (29%) or the “same” (55%) financially compared to last year and most expect to be “better off” (28%) or the “same” (58%) financially next year. Pennsylvanians show considerable unanimity on a number of policy topics:

  • Most (61%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believe that the state’s tax system needs a fundamental overhaul and three in five (60%) believes that property taxes should be replaced by broader, state-wide taxes.
  • Fewer than one in four (23%) registered voters supports using the state’s motor license fund to pay for state police operations and most (61%) believe that the communities that rely on state police coverage should reimburse the state for those services.

Contrasting with their feelings about the state, only one in three (34%) registered voters believes that the United States is “headed in the right direction.” About one in three (37%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes President Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president, which is consistent with recent Franklin & Marshall College Polls. President Trump’s current rating is similar to President Obama’s rating in Pennsylvania at the same point in his Presidency. Two in five (38%) registered voters believes President Trump has done a good enough job to deserve reelection, while three in five (61%) voters say it is time for a change.

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