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Keystone Analytics® - Governor Wolf Budget Survey - Tobacco Tax

Voters Support Governor’s Plan to Tax Natural Gas Extraction and Tobacco

March 12, 2015 in News, Polling & Analysis News

Lemoyne, PA (March 12, 2015) – While voters broadly favor Gov. Wolf’s goal of raising school funding and reducing school property taxes, the individual components in his first budget proposal received mixed reviews, according to a recent survey from Keystone Analytics®. Tweet: Voters Support Governor’s Plan to Tax Natural Gas Extraction and Tobacco http://bit.ly/1GwCXjK #PAbudget via @KeystonePA

A majority of voters support reducing the school property tax by increasing the sales and personal income tax and imposing a natural gas extraction tax. However, when individual components of the plan are tested, only 40 percent support raising the state income tax to 3.7 percent Tweet: 55 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose raising the state income tax to 3.7 percent http://bit.ly/1GwCXjK #PAbudget via @KeystonePA and voters are fairly split (47 percent support/50 percent oppose) on raising the state’s sales tax rate to 6.6 percent.

Eliminating sales tax exemptions was the most strongly-opposed proposal, with 77 percent of respondents not in favor of the plan. Of the 77 percent, 63 percent of respondents strongly opposed expanding the sales tax to cover previously exempt items like newspapers, non-prescription drugs and other products and services.

Only a natural gas extraction tax and a $1 per pack increase in the tobacco tax received a majority of support from respondents, with 68 percent supporting the gas tax Tweet: 68 percent of Pennsylvanians support a natural gas extraction tax http://bit.ly/1GwCXjK #PAbudget via @KeystonePA and 73 percent supporting the tobacco tax. Tweet: 73 percent of voters support a $1 per pack increase in the tobacco tax http://bit.ly/1GwCXjK #PAbudget via @KeystonePA

Two months into his first term as governor, 50 percent of respondents had a favorable impression of Wolf Tweet: 50 percent of voters have a favorable impression of @GovernorTomWolf http://bit.ly/1GwCXjK #PAbudget via @KeystonePA and 51 percent of respondents approved of his performance as governor so far.

Results are based on a live telephone survey of 500 likely general election voters and includes a +/-4.4 percent margin of error. Interviews were conducted on March 8-10, 2015. A full survey summary is available below and the complete survey results may be downloaded.

Media contact: Jennifer Shockley, 717.614.4298



Corbett Primary Victory Assured; Reelection Status Murky

April 29, 2014 in News, Polling & Analysis News
Lemoyne, PA (April 29, 2014) – Republican Governor Tom Corbett appears assured of a primary victory over his relatively unknown opponent but stands a less likely chance of being re-elected in the fall, according to a poll released by Keystone Analytics®.

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Contact: Jennifer Shockley
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Pennsylvanians believe Governor Corbett should not be re-elected.

Corbett’s name recognition among likely general election voters stands at 32 percent favorable and 52 percent unfavorable. His primary election opponent, Bob Guzzardi, stands at only 2 percent favorable, while 87 percent of Pennsylvania Republican voters have never even heard of him. When asked if Corbett deserves to be reelected, 68 percent stated that it’s time for someone new.

Among the Democrats running to challenge Corbett in November, Tom Wolf is the clear frontrunner with 48 percent of likely voters giving him a favorable rating and only 11 percent deeming him unfavorable. In terms of favorable name recognition, Wolf leads his closest contenders, Rob McCord and Allyson Schwartz, by 19 points and 25 points respectively among all voters surveyed, and by 25 points each among registered Democrats. In a head-to-head general election matchup, 51 percent of voters surveyed said they would cast their ballot for the Democratic candidate, while 33 percent would support Corbett. Only 15 percent were undecided.

On the subject of issues in the news, 48 percent of likely voters support the idea of eliminating property taxes and replacing them with an increase in sales and personal income tax, 73 percent support imposing a severance tax on companies that extract natural gas in Pennsylvania, 46 percent support allowing same-sex couples to marry, 51 percent support making marijuana legal for medical use, and 58 percent support allowing private companies to sell alcohol in the Commonwealth.

Results are based on a live telephone survey of 503 likely general election voters and includes a +/-4.38 percent margin of error. Interviews were conducted on April 21-22, 2014. Full survey summary is available online.

54% of of voters who disapprove of the General Assembly support property tax elimination.
73% of voters support imposing a tax on companies that extract natural gas.