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June 7-13, 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Summary of Findings

 June 7 - 13, 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Topline Report

The June 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that concerns about COVID-19 are receding among the state’s registered voters, declining from one in three (31%) voters who believed COVID-19 was the state’s most important problem in March to less than one in ten (7%) who feel that way today. Concerns about government and politicians (30%) and the economy (15%), including unemployment and personal finances, are currently the top issues facing the state.

Nearly four in five (79%) registered voters report having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is a large increase from March when three in ten (31%) registered voters reported having at least one dose. More Democrats (94%) and independents (84%) than Republicans (61%) report getting the vaccine.

Despite the lessening concerns about COVID and the increased vaccination rates, Pennsylvania’s voters remain pessimistic. Only two in five (35%) state voters believes the state is “headed in the right direction,” which is significantly lower than the recent, pre-pandemic high of 57 percent reported in October 2019 and essentially unchanged since the March F&M Poll. There is also no notable improvement in voters’ assessments of their personal finances.

These negative assessments about the direction of the state and personal finances likely translate to lower job approval ratings for Governor Wolf. In July 2020, more than half (52%) of the state’s registered voters rated the governor as doing an “excellent” or “good” job; today, his positive job approval rating is at 39 percent. President Biden’s approval ratings have fared better than Governor Wolf’s in Pennsylvania. About two in five (44%) voters in Pennsylvania believe President Biden is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president and his approval rating for managing the coronavirus outbreak is higher (49%) than his overall job approval rating. Both of these numbers are consistent with his March approval ratings.

A majority (59%) of the state’s registered voters believes the state’s election laws need revised, although this belief is stronger among Republicans (75%) than among independents (52%) or Democrats (46%). Overall, a majority of voters favors signature matching for mail-in ballots (81%) and photo identification requirements (74%), while voters are divided about eliminating no-excuse voting by mail. Support for these electoral reforms differs substantially by party. 


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