On Friday of last week, Gallup released its recent findings that found only 46% of Pennsylvanians have a “great deal/fair amount of trust” in their state government. That ranks fourth lowest out of all states in the country, with only Maine, Rhode Island and Illinois ranking higher.
The poll was conducted from June to December of 2013; nearly 600 Pa. residents were interviewed by Gallup. And the results fall in line with Gallup’s overall thesis, namely that the states with the least amount state government support are highly populous and either Democratic or competitive.
But it is not just Gallup who has picked up on the disillusionment of Pennsylvania voters in regards to state governance. The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference that was held this past Saturday completed a straw poll that had 64% of attendees disapproving of the job performance of the state legislature.
Perhaps even more alarming, Franklin and Marshall’s most recent poll results show that only a mere 22% believe that the Commonwealth is headed in the right direction, and 66% believe it is heading the wrong direction.
These polls all point to a general dissatisfaction with state politicians, and these results come as plenty of scandals have plagued those in Harrisburg.
Four State Reps. were reportedly implicated for accepting bribes according to the halted sting operation that just recently became public, and State Rep. J. P. Miranda (D-Philadelphia) and State Sen. Leanna Washington are both facing criminal charges for their actions while in office.
The only saving grace is that at least Pennsylvania isn’t Illinois, who sports a 28% approval rating according to Gallup.