Poll: Public Support For Liquor Privatization Is Waning

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – As the legislature grapples with the issue, a new poll suggests that support for shutting down Pennsylvania’s state store system is slipping.

The new Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows that support for selling off state stores has dropped to 47-percent, down from 53-percent in February. 57 percent of voters say they would prefer either keeping state stores as they are, or keeping them and modernizing them.

Perhaps even more revealing, says Poll Director Terry Madonna, is that voters ranked reforming liquor sales second to last on a list of 11 priorities. Madonna believes since debate on the issue heated up, privatization opponents have had an impact.

“There was all sorts of opposition to it that has raised its profile since February.”

The poll also shows Governor Corbett’s job approval rating is at 25-percent, virtually unchanged since February, while Senator Pat Toomey’s favorability rating has jumped 9-points, to 35-percent.

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