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Poll Finds Pennsylvanians Opposed To Electoral Vote Apportioning

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A new poll suggests that Pennsylvania voters are cool to the idea of changing the way the state awards its electoral votes in presidential elections.

Pennsylvania, like most other states, awards its electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis (see related story).

quinnipiac poll x Poll Finds Pennsylvanians Opposed To Electoral Vote ApportioningTim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, says Pennsylvania voters (by a 52 to 40-percent margin) prefer to keep it that way, “rejecting as politically motivated the movement to have the votes awarded based on the winner of each congressional district.”

In fact, the Quinnipiac Poll shows that 57 percent of respondents believe the effort is an attempt by Republicans to affect the presidential race, and that even Republican voters are closely divided over the idea.

On a related topic among GOP voters, the poll says Mitt Romney and Rick Perry lead the pack of Republican presidential candidates with 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg bureau chief Tony Romeo

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