Franklin & Marshall statewide poll points to dissatisfaction with current election laws

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Airdate: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Results from the June 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll show that many Pennsylvanians are feeling positively about the state of the pandemic. Fewer than 10 percent of survey respondents believe COVID-19 is currently the state’s most important problem, compared to more than 30 percent in March.

The survey also asked about vaccination. Seventy-nine percent of respondents overall said they had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Among those surveyed, Democrats were significantly more likely to be vaccinated (94%) than Republicans (61%).

While the June poll shows Pennsylvanians are less concerned about the pandemic, they are more concerned about voting and election laws. Nearly 60 percent of registered voters believe the state’s election laws should be revised. That belief varies by party affiliation, with more Republicans (75%) saying the laws should be changed than independents (52%) or Democrats (46%).

Concerns about election laws and the economy likely earned Gov. Tom Wolf lower job approval ratings. About two out of five registered voters say he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job today, compared to more than half of registered voters surveyed in July 2020.

Smart Talk Wednesday will analyze the complete poll results with Berwood Yost, Director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.

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