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New Poll Shows PA Voters Support More Gun Control, Mental Health

The poll also shows Biden leading Dems but not by much

August 08, 2019 - 12:09 pm

(Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – More gun control, more money to fight mental illness. KDKA Radio's Joe DeStio reports on the results of the latest statewide poll in Pennsylvania.

Pollster Terry Madonna says respondents to the Franklin and Marshall survey favor more restrictions on guns.

“Over 60 percent of Pennsylvania voters would support, generically speaking, more gun control, again we didn’t get into specific issues,” said Madonna.

Most people responded before last weekend's massacres. 65 percent believe the state spends too little on services for mental health. On other issues, 60 percent believe property taxes should be replaced by broader state-wide taxes.

The same poll shows Elizabeth Warren closing the gap with Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Franklin and Marshall survey gives Biden 28 percent to Warren's 21 percent. Madonna says,”Elizabeth Warren had two very successful national debates,” said Madonna. “Number two Elizabeth Warren has a set of policy prescriptions which she has been traveling throughout the country articulating them.”

National polls show Biden's lead between 11 and 18 points. President Trump's favorable rating in PA is 37 percent, up slightly from the previous poll.

“We had him at 34 percent in several earlier polls, talking about positive job performance it’s up to 37 (percent),” said Madonna.

Only 34 percent believe the United States is headed in the right direction.