F&M Poll: Wolf Holds Solid Approval Rating, Trump Lags Behind
In the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll, Gov. Tom Wolf has the support of just over half of the state, while President Donald Trump trails in job performance.
51% polled believe Wolf is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor. 29% polled believe Wolf is doing a “fair” job, while 13% view him doing a “poor” job and 8% polled said they don’t know.
Wolf also boasts strong favorability ratings in the latest F&M poll. 54% polled view Wolf as either “strongly” favorable or “somewhat favorable”. This is a slight decrease from the previous F&M poll released in October prior to the election, but his unfavorable rating moved just 1% down from that poll as well. 31% polled view Wolf as “somewhat” unfavorable or “strongly” unfavorable,” with 3% undecided and 11% saying they don’t know.
The poll, surveying 540 Pennsylvania registered voters, included 254 Democrats, 216 Republicans, and 70 Independents from March 18-24, 2019. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 5.5 percentage points.
Trump’s approval rating trails the Governor, but has remained rather steady in Pennsylvania. 34% polled believe that Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president. However, 36% polled believe Trump deserves a second term, while 61% say it’s time for a change.
Despite hovering in the mid 30s for job approval rating for nearly a year, Trump’s numbers at this point in his presidency are similar to President Obama’s rating a little over halfway through his first term.
Trump’s lackluster favorability ratings saw a modest increase since the October F&M poll. 38% view Trump as “strongly” favorable or “somewhat” favorable. 52% view Trump “strongly unfavorable,” while 9% view him “somewhat unfavorable” with 2% undecided and 1% saying they don’t know.
Overall, Pennsylvanians feel rather comfortable with the direction of the state and their personal finances. 49% polled believe the state is “headed in the right direction,” while 37% believe the state is “off on the wrong track” and 15% say they don’t know. This is rather consistent with F&M polling since March 2018.
32% polled think they are “better off” financially compared to the previous year, with 52% saying they are the same.
Unemployment and the economy leads the way as the most pressing issue facing Pennsylvanians with 15% answering that, while 14% say taxes are the most important problem, and education finishes third with 12% viewing that as the most important issue. A variety of other topics including crime, government and politicians and more failed to reach the double digit mark.
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