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New Quinnipiac University Poll
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PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS HOPEFUL FOR NEW GOVERNOR,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;SELLING LIQUOR STORES IS TOP CHOICE TO BALANCE BUDGET
Pennsylvania voters say 59 – 27 percent they are optimistic about the next four years withGovernor-elect Tom Corbett at the helm, and 66 – 26 percent back the idea of selling the state’sliquor stores to help balance the state budget, according to a Quinnipiac University poll releasedtoday.Voters oppose 52 – 36 percent leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private firm, theindependent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University survey finds. And by a 51 – 41 percentmargin, voters are okay with laying off state workers to reduce the red ink.Corbett has pledged he will not raise taxes or fees to balance the budget. Voters say 47 – 44 percent they think the pledge is a good idea, but they say 53 – 33 percent he will not be able tokeep his pledge. Pennsylvania voters oppose 65 – 32 percent raising taxes to balance the budget.“Pennsylvanians are optimistic that newly-elected governor Tom Corbett will be able tomake things better by more than two-to-one, yet they are skeptical that he can deal with the state’s budget problems without raising taxes or fees, as he has promised,” said Peter A. Brown, assistantdirector of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Even Democrats are optimistic, 45 – 40 percent, about the future under Corbett.”Republicans are most optimistic, 79 – 14 percent, about the next four years under Corbett,while independent voters are optimistic 59 – 25 percent.“Corbett won comfortably because he carried independents and those same independentsare giving him the benefit of the doubt as he begins his governorship,” said Brown.
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Peter Brown, AssistantDirector,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5201Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations
 
Quinnipiac University Poll/December 15, 2010 – page 2
Sixty percent of Pennsylvania voters see the state’s budget problems as “very serious” andanother 33 percent see them as “somewhat serious.” And by 56 – 30 percent they favor cuttingstate services rather than raising taxes as the method to deal with the problem.Selling state-owned liquor stores has the most support among various ideas tested, withsupport pretty much across party lines. The idea is backed by 68 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats.But laying off state workers gets a more partisan skew with 59 percent of Republicans and53 percent of independent voters backing the idea, but only 43 percent of Democrats. Those inunion households split 44 – 46 percent on state worker layoffs.But the opposition to leasing the turnpike is stronger and relatively bipartisan, with 56 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of independents and Republicans against the idea.Given a choice of ways to balance the budget:
54 percent of voters support selling the state liquor stores;
17 percent pick leasing the turnpike;
14 percent say lay off state workers;
7 percent say raise taxes.Asked their least favorite solution:
47 percent of voters put raising taxes at the bottom of the list;
28 percent say laying off state workers;
14 percent name leasing the turnpike;
7 percent say selling the liquor stores.“Pennsylvanians do not appear to be ideological on the issue of privatizing state assets.They support selling the liquor stores while they oppose leasing the turnpike,” said Brown.“They apparently want the state in the driving business but not the drinking business.”From December 6 – 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,584 Pennsylvania voters, witha margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and thenation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, orfollow us onTwitter.
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3. Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next four years with Tom Corbettas Governor? UnionTot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom HsHlds Optimistic 59% 79% 45% 59% 57% 60% 57%Pessimistic 27 14 40 25 30 25 29DK/NA 14 6 15 16 13 14 14 Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Optimistic 64% 46% 59% 58% 60% 65% 60%Pessimistic 27 36 19 31 31 22 26DK/NA 9 18 23 11 9 13 14 11. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvaniatoday? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or verydissatisfied? UnionTot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom HsHlds Very satisfied 2% 2% 4% 1% 3% 2% 3%Smwht satisfied 35 29 42 33 37 33 36Smwht dissatisfied 37 39 35 38 34 40 35Very dissatisfied 25 30 17 26 25 24 25DK/NA 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl Very satisfied 3% 5% 1% 3% 2% - 2%Smwht satisfied 33 44 38 41 31 26 30Smwht dissatisfied 35 33 38 39 36 38 38Very dissatisfied 28 17 23 16 31 34 28DK/NA 2 - - 1 - 2 2TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvaniatoday? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or verydissatisfied? (*Low also 39% Sep 2009)VERY+SMWHT....High LowDec 15 Jul 13 Apr 8 Mar 3 Dec 17 Jun 5 Mar 32010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2002 2010*Very satisfied 2 3 4 2 4 8 2Smwht satisfied 35 37 42 37 38 60 37Smwht dissatisfied 37 38 34 37 38 22 37Very dissatisfied 25 21 19 23 19 8 23DK/NA 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 

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