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F&M poll shows voters want reform

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 17, 2018 8:49 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, June 18, 2018:

The latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll that was released last week shows that almost three out of four Pennsylvania voters want real change and reform in how their state government operates and would like to see a Constitutional Convention formed to review the fundamentals of government.  However, at the same time, the poll indicates almost half of the registered voters surveyed said they felt the state was moving in the right direction -- one of the highest figures in recent years.

Large majorities of voters support changes in campaign finance laws, the structure and operation of the legislatures, redistricting and state and local government financing.

The F&M poll also finds that more than a third believe President Donald Trump is doing an excellent or good job as president.  Republicans and conservatives are much more likely to think so compared to Democrats and liberals. 

Another result of the poll is that the incumbent governor -- Democrat Tom Wolf leads Republican Scott Wagner 48-29% with 23% undecided.  Wagner's campaign criticized the poll afterwards saying more Democrats than Republicans were surveyed. 

Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna appears on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss the poll results.

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