| Central Penn Business Journal
Poll of Pa. voters finds concern over economy
Sixty-eight percent of Pennsylvania voters rate the financial condition of Pennsylvania's government "bad" or "very bad," but 55 percent are "somewhat confident" to "very confident" in Gov. Tom Corbett's ability to handle the budget, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll, released today.
Fifty-six percent of respondents said Pennsylvania is on the wrong track, up from 47 percent last month.
Respondents were asked what measures they favored to balance Pennsylvania's budget:
- 14 percent advocated increasing taxes.
- 29 percent advocated program cuts. However, 71 percent opposed cutting assistance to state universities by half, as Corbett has proposed.
- 46 percent advocated both tax increases and budget cuts.
- 74 percent advocated taxing the Marcellus Shale drilling industry.
- 61 percent said the state should privatize liquor sales
- 77 percent said the state should tax smokeless tobacco and cigars.
The recently passed Marcellus Shale law includes an impact fee on drillers. However, though some money goes toward state environmental and road programs, most goes to counties and municipalities, and all is earmarked for specific purposes rather than general deficit reduction.
Looking at presidential politics, the poll found Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney among state Republicans 45 percent to 16 percent. Among all state voters, Santorum and Romney trail President Barack Obama by about eight percentage points.
The poll summarizes the responses of 592 Pennsylvanians interviewed by phone between Feb. 14 and Feb. 20. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.