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March 1 - 7, 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Summary of Findings

March 1 - 7, 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Topline Report

The March 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds two in five (36%) of the state’s voters believe the state is “headed in the right direction,” which is significantly lower than the recent, pre-pandemic high of 57% reported in October 2019. Voters list COVID-19 (31%) as the most important problem facing the state today, as they did in our October 2020 survey. Concerns about government and politicians (27%) and the economy (12%), including unemployment, personal finances and business retention, follow as top concerns.

Sizable proportions of the state’s registered voters continue to support increasing the state’s minimum wage (67%) and legalizing the use of marijuana (59%). Support for both these policies has been consistently high over recent years. About three in ten (31%) registered voters have received a COVID-19 vaccine, but partisan differences in attitudes about the coronavirus vaccine are clear: more Democrats (40%) than Republicans (26%) have received a vaccine and more Democrats (74%) than Republicans (36%) who have not been vaccinated say they will “definitely” get the vaccine.

About two in five (41%) voters in Pennsylvania believe President Biden is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president. President Biden’s current rating is higher than President Trump’s and lower than President Obama’s rating in Pennsylvania at the same point in their terms. The President’s approval rating for his management of the coronavirus outbreak is higher (50%) than his overall job approval rating. President Trump received lower (33%) ratings for his management of the coronavirus compared to his overall job performance.

The state’s registered voters are evenly divided on the legacy of the Trump presidency. About the same numbers of voters say the Trump presidency was “good” (50%) for the United States as say it was “bad” (48%). Ratings of the Trump legacy are highly partisan and ideological, with most Republicans (87%) and conservatives (90%) saying it was “good” and most Democrats (87%) and liberals (92%) saying it was “bad.”

Three in five (61%) registered voters disapprove of the vote against certifying the results of the state’s 2020 presidential election that was supported by eight members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation. Partisan feelings about the certification of the state’s election results are explained a bit by how Republicans place themselves within the party. About two in five (42%) Republicans say they are aligned with former President Trump’s wing of the party, while a similar proportion (38%) say they more closely align with traditional Republicans. Most conservative Republicans (51%) place themselves in the Trump faction, while most moderate Republicans (53%) place themselves in the traditional faction.

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