There are a multitude of problems facing Pennsylvania today, according to respondents of a new Franklin & Marshall poll, and the state is not heading in the right direction to fix them.
72% of registered Democrats sampled say that the state is “off on the wrong track,” compared to just 20% who think it is headed in the right direction. This is a drop from March, when 66% said the state was off on the wrong track as opposed to 22% who thought it was going in the right direction.
Among the problems facing Pennsylvania, voters say that education is the most important, 31%. Following education is unemployment at 20%, government and politicians at 12%, energy issues and the economy each at 6% and then a handful of other issues earned low, single-digit importance: taxes, crime, roads, senior issues, environment, housing, civil liberties, etc.
The survey findings presented in this release are based on the results of interviews conducted May 6 – 12, 2014. The interviews were conducted at the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College under the direction of the poll’s Director Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Head Methodologist Berwood Yost, and Project Manager Jacqueline Redman. The data included in this release represent the responses of 530 registered Democratic voters in Pennsylvania. The sample of registered voters was obtained from Voter Contact Services. Survey results were weighted (region and gender) using an iterative weighting algorithm to reflect the known distribution of those characteristics as reported by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The sample error for this survey is +/- 4.3 percentage points.