Comparatively, the President’s positive approval ratings among Democrats and independent voters are well below the Governor’s positive ratings among those groups. Governor Wolf’s positive job approval rating is 42 percent, consistent with prior surveys.
Concerns about government and politicians (20%) and the economy (17%), including unemployment and personal finances, are the most important problems facing Pennsylvania right now, according to the state’s registered voters. Pennsylvania voters’ optimism about conditions in the state has declined since August and there is also no notable improvement in voters’ assessments of their personal finances.
A majority (55%) of registered voters opposes the state legislature’s plans to conduct a forensic investigation of the 2020 election. Of course, there are significant partisan and ideological differences related to support for the investigation, with Democrats (78%), independents (64%), liberals (88%), and moderates (69%) opposed and Republicans (70%) and conservatives (76%) in support.
More voters favor than oppose requiring masks in public schools (64%), employers requiring COVID-19 vaccinations of their employees (56%), and businesses requiring customers to provide proof of a vaccination (51%). Despite each measure having majority support, each also has a relatively sizable group that “strongly opposes” it. For example, Republicans (41%) and conservatives (44%) strongly oppose mask mandates in public schools while Democrats (71%) and liberals (86%) strongly favor them.