F&M/StateImpact PA poll — climate change, guns, politics

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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, March 29, 2018:

So what are Pennsylvanians thinking and saying about the hot-button issues of our time?  The just-released Franklin and Marshall/StateImpact Pennsylvania poll indicates most voters believe Pennsylvania is on the right track for the future.  That’s the first time since 2009 that those polled chose that option over the state was on the wrong track.

That would seem to be good news for incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf who is runng for re-election.  The poll shows 43% of registered voters think Wolf is doing an excellent or good job — which is up five points since September.

WITF’s StateImpact Pennsylvania — that reports on the state’s energy economy — had several questions in the poll.  Among the results are a majority of Pennsylvania climate change is causing problems right now, 55% think the potential environment risks outweigh the potential economic benefits of natural gas drilling and more than two-thirds want to see the state prioritize availability of renewable energy.

Appearing on the program is Berwood Yost, Director, Floyd Institute’s Center for Opinion Research and Director, Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis and Adjunct Instructor of Government, Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.