Privatization Poll

FEBRUARY 11, 2013 | Commentary

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A strong majority of Pennsylvanians favor ending government sale of wine and liquor according to a comprehensive poll conducted by nationally-renown pollster, FM3.

The poll found more than 3 out of 5 Pennsylvania voters support privatizing the 80-year-old state store system, with more than 41 percent strongly favoring the measure.  Support transcended political affiliation, gender, region, and union membership.  Consumers who make purchases at the state stores most often favor change by more than 70 percent.  Despite vigorous union opposition from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, nearly 6 in 10 union households favor selling the system to private owners as well as the majority of union members themselves.

More than two-thirds of voters in Allegheny County and suburban Philadelphia favored ending government control of wine and liquor sales, the largest regional support in the poll.  Philadelphia County voters were in support of keeping the system, though a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board survey found more than 45 percent of those area consumers broke the law to get what they wanted at privatized stores in other states.


COMMENTS (2)

Lloyd Stires posted on 2/13/2013 12:21:00 PM
The tables refer to people who heard "supporters' messages," "opponents' messages," or "both sides," but this is nor explained in the text. How was this done? What was the actual content of these messages? Is a more complete writeup of the study available?

roy posted on 2/12/2013 4:38:00 PM
i think that privitization totally sucks.just like exporting jobs out of state..hes a fuckin idiot


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