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Poll Shows Steady Disdain For PA Government

The holidays didn’t do much to ease Pennsylvania angst about state government, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College survey, showing most respondents take a dim view of the state’s future.

The poll found that 67 percent of registered voters surveyed said Pennsylvania is headed “off on the wrong track” – a record figure in the past five years of polling.

And 38 percent said the state’s “most important problem” is government and politicians.

“We’re now at the point where many voters in this state are simply very upset about what they think is a dysfunctional government in Harrisburg, in the state Capitol,” said Poll Director Terry Madonna.

Blame for the state budget impasse has been relatively constant since a poll last August, with 32 percent faulting the governor, 52 percent faulting the Legislature, and 15 percent who said they don’t know.

The survey of 732 registered voters was conducted last week. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.