June 18, 2015

Franklin & Marshall Poll: 39 Percent Approval Rating For Gov. Wolf

A Franklin & Marshall Poll released Thursday shows nearly two in five (39 percent) registered voters believes Gov. Wolf is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as Governor.
Gov. Wolf’s job performance ratings are lower than Gov. Rendell or Gov. Ridge (with the highest rating), but higher than Gov. Corbett at the beginning of their first terms.
The Governor’s ratings are similar to the ratings received by President Obama (37 percent) and slightly higher than those received by U.S. Senator Toomey (34 percent).
Pennsylvania registered voters’ top budget priorities include increasing state education funding (30 percent) and local property tax reform (25 percent) and these priorities have changed little since March.  Liquor privatization comes in at 1 percent and raising the state’s minimum wage at 10 percent.
More registered voters favor (49 percent) than oppose (37 percent) the state’s moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in Pennsylvania, and almost all (87 percent) favor the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.
U.S. Senator Toomey currently leads Democrat Joe Sestak by a four-point margin, 35 percent to 31 percent, although many voters (34 percent) are still undecided about this race.
U.S. Senator Toomey has a larger, eleven-point lead over Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, 34 percent to 23 percent. Joe Sestak’s name recognition is relatively low, with a majority (56 percent) of the state’s registered voters saying they do not know enough about Sestak to have an opinion of him.