Dec. 2020 Announcement
Professor of Public Affairs Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs and co-director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, has announced that he will be returning to Millersville University next year.
Madonna's return to Millersville is a homecoming of sorts, as he is a Millersville alumni and had worked in the MU Government department for many years. It was there that he and co-director Berwood Yost, who is the F&M poll's head methodologist, co-created the first iteration of the survey, then known as the Keystone Poll.
Going forward, the F&M Poll will be directed by Yost. The Poll will continue its growth and evolution at Franklin & Marshall, including a new emphasis on working more closely with the poll’s media partners and with academic research initiatives. The next F&M Poll will be released in March 2021. Inquiries related to the Poll should now be directed to Yost at email@example.com.
Madonna will hold the honorific title of ‘Director Emeritus’ of the poll. F&M wishes him all the best in his new endeavor.
Latest F&M Poll Results
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The October 2020 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that only two in five (43%) of the state’s voters believe the state is “headed in the right direction,” which is consistent with recent surveys that have shown less optimism about the state’s direction compared to last year. Voters list coronavirus (COVID-19) (27%) as the most important problem facing the state, with concerns about the economy being the second most common concern (21%).
About two in five (42%) voters in Pennsylvania believe President Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president, which is consistent with his ratings in recent polls. The President’s approval rating for his management of the coronavirus outbreak is lower (33%) than his overall job approval rating.
Nearly three-quarters (77%) of voters say they are “very interested” in the 2020 elections which is similar to the interest expressed by voters in September 2016.More state voters expect to cast their ballot in-person (53%) than by mail (44%), and most (62%) voters believe the tabulated vote count in the state will be accurate if mail-in voting is widely used, but there are strong partisan differences for both of these indicators.
Democrat Joe Biden currently leads President Trump 50% to 44% among likely voters.An important component of President Trump’s 2016 victory in Pennsylvania came from a massive vote advantage in the counties he won, but Mr. Biden currently holds a larger vote share in the counties Hillary Clinton won in 2016 than President Trump holds in the counties he won that year. More of the state’s registered voters have an unfavorable (57%) than favorable (42%) opinion of President Trump, while slightly more voters have a favorable (52%) than unfavorable (47%) opinion of Joe Biden.