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March 18 - 24, 2019  Franklin & Marshall College Poll

The March 2019 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that Pennsylvania voters are generally satisfied with the direction of the state and their personal finances. Half (49%) of the state’s registered voters believe the state is “headed in the right direction.” Most voters report they are “better off” (32%) or the “same” (52%) financially compared to last year and most expect to be “better off” (29%) or the “same” (54%) financially next year.

Pennsylvanians show considerable unanimity on a number of policy topics.

  • A majority (59%) of state voters supports legalizing marijuana. Fewer than one in four (22%) registered voters supported legalized marijuana in May 2006 when the question was first asked in a Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
  • Nearly seven in ten registered voters strongly (47%) or somewhat (22%) favors an increase in the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour.
  • Most registered voters believe that climate change is currently causing problems (67%) and most (68%) think the state should do more to address those problems.

There is less unanimity about adding nuclear power to the list of renewable resources from which electricity companies must buy power: half (50%) favor the proposal and half either oppose it or aren’t sure.

About one in three (34%) 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 a similar point in his Presidency. One in three (36%) registered voters believes President Trump has done a good enough job to deserve re-election, while three in five (61%) voters say it is time for a change.

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