A new poll by Robert Morris University found support of both same-sex marriage in the commonwealth as well as a severance tax on natural gas drillers.
49.5% of Pennsylvanians support same-sex marriage while 40.7% oppose it.
These results come after a U.S. District Court judge made same-sex marriage legal in the state by striking down a 1996 ban on May 20th. The survey was conducted from May 6th to May 13th, just prior to the ruling by Judge John E. Jones III.
Another hot-button issue in Pennsylvania is whether to enact a severance tax on those extracting natural gas from Marcellus Shale formation. The state government currently does not tax these companies, but, according to the Robert Morris poll, a majority are in favor of such a tax.
They found that 58.2% want a severance or extraction tax placed on the natural gas companies.
All four gubernatorial candidates in the Democrat Primary argued for taxing the natural gas drillers, and this issue is sure to come up during the race between Gov. Tom Corbett and challenger Tom Wolf.
The Poll sampled opinions of 506 Pennsylvania residents statewide. The survey was conducted May 6-13, 2014. It was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. All surveys were conducted using an online survey instrument. The poll has a +/- 4.5 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level on a composite basis.