Poll: Pa. supports natural gas tax, not ed cuts

March 17, 2011 7:34:19 AM PDT
A new poll shows that Pennsylvanians are at odds with their new governor on two hot-button issues - whether to tax natural-gas drilling and whether to cut spending for education.

The Franklin & Marshall College survey released Thursday was done in conjunction with several newspapers and TV stations.

It shows a majority of Pennsylvanians favor a new tax on the state's rapidly growing natural-gas industry - a step strongly opposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. The statewide poll also show that cutting spending for public schools and higher education, which Corbett has proposed in his 2011-12 budget, are opposed by most residents.

The telephone survey of 521 adult residents was conducted over five days ending Monday. The sampling error margin is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points