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The Franklin & Marshall College Poll, is the longest running statewide poll exclusively directed and produced in Pennsylvania. The poll is a primary source of information for those involved in government, media, and public policy in Pennsylvania.

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Election Postmortem

We must admit to being unsure about how the 2022 midterm races in Pennsylvania would turn out because of the many conflicting signals the polls were showing. Our polling showed contextual indicators that normally mean lopsided wins for the out party, in this …

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: October 2022

The October 2022 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that two in three (66%) of the state’s registered voters are “very interested” in the 2022 elections, an increase of eleven points since our September survey. At the moment, similar proportions of Re…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: September 2022

The September 2022 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that Pennsylvania’s registered voters are restive, with economic concerns remaining high and voters continuing to feel deeply frustrated and mostly dissatisfied with President Biden’s performance. …

 
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Undecided Voters

Polls conducted at the end of August, prior to what many observers think of as the traditional time when voters start paying attention to election campaigns, showed Democrat John Fetterman having an edge over Republican Mehmet Oz in the race for Pennsylvania’…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: August 2022

The August 2022 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds little change in the mood of Pennsylvania’s registered voters since our May Poll, with economic concerns remaining high and voters continuing to feel deeply frustrated and mostly dissatisfied with Pre…

 
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2022 Primary Recap: Turnout, Geography, and Issues

Primary election turnout in Pennsylvania tends to be low, averaging 28 percent of registered Republicans and 29 percent of registered Democrats in even numbered years between 2000 and 2018. In the May primary, the Republican turnout was 39% and the Democratic…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll: Pennsylvania 2022 Primary Election Preview

There have been surprisingly few public polls conducted for the May 2022 Pennsylvania primary races, but the polling data that is available shows that the Republican races are still too close to call and that the Democratic Senate race seems to be favoring Jo…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: May 2022

The May 2022 Franklin and Marshall College Poll finds little change in the mood of Pennsylvania’s registered voters since our March and April Polls, with economic concerns remaining high and voters continuing to feel deeply frustrated and mostly dissatisfied …

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: April 2022

The April 2022 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds little change in the mood of Pennsylvania’s registered voters since our March Poll, with economic concerns remaining high and voters continuing to feel deeply frustrated and mostly dissatisfied with Pr…

 
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Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Primary Polling in 2022

There is unprecedented interest in Pennsylvania’s upcoming primaries among candidates, evidenced by the number running for statewide office, and among the journalists trying to make sense of it all. This means that any and all polling data, when it appears, b…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: March 2022

The March 2022 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds economic concerns increasing among the state’s registered voters, which is leaving voters deeply frustrated and mostly dissatisfied with President Biden’s performance. More than one in three (35%) resp…

 
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Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Party Identification Shifted to Republicans in 2021

Anyone with even a passing interest in politics has heard quite a bit about political polarization and how hardened and virulent the attitudes of partisans are toward those in the other party. But the talk and data about polarization masks something we also k…

 
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Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Feeding the Goat

The political media is saturated with reporters and analysts who are impelled to create as much content as possible to feed their platforms' ever-growing needs, which means every election outcome is now input for predictions about the next. The 2021 municipal…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: October 2021

The October 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds President Biden’s job approval ratings and personal popularity have declined in Pennsylvania since August. About one in three (32%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes President Biden is doing…

 
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Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Population and Voter Registration Changes in PA Since 2000

The US Census Bureau released 2020 Census data in August that showed the state's population grew modestly, about 2.4 percent, between 2010 and 2020.[i] Other top-line findings were that the state became a bit more diverse, with 75% of the population identifyi…

 
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Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Does a Trump Endorsement Help or Hurt in Pennsylvania?

Former President Donald Trump’s early September endorsement of Republican US Senate candidate Sean Parnell is, to date, the most consequential event of the 2022 primary campaign season. The August 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll found no clear front…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: August 2021

The August 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that concern about COVID-19 is increasing among the state’s registered voters. After declining from one in three (31%) in March to less than one in ten (7%) in June, one in five (17%) voters now say t…

 
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Franklin & Marshall College Poll: Polls, Helpful Tools for Reducing Uncertainty

In an editorial on August 4th the Times News asked a question that I’m sure is on many people’s minds: have political polls outlived their usefulness? The author’s criticism emerged in response to the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) re…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll: Have Pennsylvania's recent voting reforms produced less down-ballot voting?

Pennsylvania's voting reform act of 2019 made a number of significant changes to the state's voting laws, with the most consequential change allowing no-excuse mail in voting. Another potentially consequential reform eliminated the straight-party voting mecha…

 
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Franklin & Marshall Poll Release: June 2021

The June 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that concerns about COVID-19 are receding among the state’s registered voters, declining from one in three (31%) voters who believed COVID-19 was the state’s most important problem in March to less than…