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F&M Poll: PA Headed In Wrong Direction, Education Most Important Issue

schoolbooksThere 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.

4 Responses

  1. And to the person who did the headline for this story, while it might be true, as it relates to the F&M Poll in questions, it’s very wrong.

    It should be “F&M Poll: PA Democrats Say State Headed In Wrong Direction, Education Most Important Issue.”

    The poll was not representative of the entire state, nor even all registered voters – it simply polled a sampling of voters who are registered Democrat.

  2. @ PAINDY

    You off your meds?

    Where were you when Ed Rendell and his various budget secretaries were playing shell games with state and federal dollars, creating a multi-billion dollar structural deficit and a mega-billion dollar unfunded liability for the public pension systems – all for the next gubernatorial administration to figure out?

    Zogby was left with a huge mess. Did he make all the correct decisions? No. But he’s certainly done better than the crew that left the mess.

    And no one argues that charter school funding is in need of some reform, but for some, “reform” seems to mean inconsistency regarding the treatment of school districts and charter schools, all of which are public schools, and the ultimate elimination of charter schools.

  3. Dear Corbett Team: Isn’t it time for Shadow Education Secretary Charly Zogby to go. I hear the price for a FULL ZOGBY has hit a new low. Is some CAPITOL Journalist, who puts on big boy pants going to cover this story? Shouldn’t Charly Zogby join the dust bin of the Corbett Administration? Isn’t Zogby spending too much time protecting the Cyber Charter School Welfare Queens to look after the interests of the forgotten PA taxpayer?

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