Majority of Pennsylvanians Support Independent Commission for District Lines: Poll
A new poll sponsored by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center with Common Cause PA, Why Courts Matter – PA, and the League of Women Voters of PA shows that a majority of Pennsylvanians want a change to how Pennsylvania draws its legislative districts.
68% of the respondents said they support an independent commission to draw district lines, with a majority, 55%, strongly supporting the change. 22% of respondents wanted to keep the process in the hands of legislators.
The poll also showed that a slight majority, 53%, sided with the state Supreme Court’s actions of redrawing the state’s Congressional maps, while 24% sided with the calls for impeachment for the Justices.
The new data will likely be used by the four organizations who commissioned the poll to continue to push for Pennsylvania to change the way the legislative maps are drawn. State House Republicans recently amended a bill to move redistricting to an independent commission to instead give more power to legislators.
Update: PoliticsPA received a copy of the methodology of the poll, as well as the results for the questions related to redistricting reform. The poll surveyed statewide, but also purposefully over-sampled in selected districts in the southeast and western parts of the state, and weighted those responses in the poll results for an effective sample size of 600.
The polls was conducted by TargetSmart, a D.C. based research and polling fim, that surveyed 1,150 registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of 4%.