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PA-BGT: F&M Poll: Voters Want Compromise in 2016

Wolf-Stack-TurzaiThe 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%.

One Response

  1. With 79% of voters wanting bi partisanship why are our reps and governor standing firm? Who do they answer to? Would public financing of elections and limits on contributions possibly make a differences? With all state reps up for re election, let’s be careful who we vote for.

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