The General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf should use both spending cuts and tax increases to balance the 2016-17 budget, the latest Franklin & Marshall Poll shows.
44% of those polled said they want reasonable compromise, 35% said the state should only look to cut programs, while 12% only want tax increases.
73% of voters support a natural gas severance tax, and 79% support increasing taxes on tobacco products, the poll shows.
Voters made it clear they are looking for bipartisanship in 2016, rather than politicians again standing firm on their principles, by a 79-17% margin.
Half of PA voters blame the state Legislature for the 9-month standoff – which will end on Sunday when the unsigned budget lapses into law – while 35% blame Wolf.
The question of blame predictably went along party lines, with 68% of Democrats and just a quarter of Republicans blaming the GOP-controlled Legislature.
This poll was conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. They surveyed 828 registered voters from March 14th to March 20th. The margin of error is +/- 3.3%.