OK, so maybe it’s not a liquor privatization crisis after all. From the May Franklin & Marshall College Poll comes news that Pennsylvania voters are trending toward lukewarm on privatizing the state’s liquor distribution system. The 53 percent who supported privatization in February has slipped to 47 percent, and opposition to it has increased by 7 percentage points, to 31 percent. The bottom line, according to pollster Terry Madonna, is that while many people generally like the idea of privatization, it’s just not that important to them in the scheme of things. In fact, liquor privatization ranked 10th on a list of 11 priorities among poll participants.
The poll said there is a disconnect between the priorities of the Corbett administration and those of the public, turning the governor’s approval ratings into a hot mess. Only one in four voters rates his performance as either excellent or good. “Debate in the state capital has centered on efforts to privatize the state liquor stores and the state lottery, but these issues rank well below the economy, creating jobs, or improving public schools as important issues voters want state government to address,” the poll said.
Salivating on the periphery is a gaggle of giddy gubernatorial hopefuls, all Dems, five of whom are officially in the race and another who says he’s pretty sure he’ll be in. Then there’s Joe Sestak, former congressman and U.S. Senate candidate, who ain’t sayin’ nuthin’ to nobody. But hey, as any former navy admiral knows, loose lips sink ships.