Everybody Wants to End the State Booze Monopoly, Except People Who Don’t Use the Stores

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The pro-monopoly hack angle on this poll showing overwhelming support for ending the state booze monopoly (61-35) is going to be that it was commissioned by the Commonwealth Foundation.

But non-hacks will be interested to see that Fairbank is almost exclusively a Democratic pollster, and that they really bent over backwards to craft neutral question wording.

The results are a disaster for the pro-monopoly side, as the poll finds majority support for ending the monopoly in every single demographic and political subgroup, except for people who admit to never buying anything from the state stores. Every geographic region wants to end the monopoly except (narrowly) Philadelphia County, which is interesting since it is the region best positioned to benefit from a more competitive market.

52% of Democrats are in favor of ending the monopoly. But the really damning finding is that unions haven’t even persuaded union households that they should care about this issue:

52% of union members support privatization, and 58% of people in union households support it. That’s compared to 61% in non-union households; almost within margin of error.

I have some big problems with the Corbett plan, but it could be made better and less kludgey if Democratic politicians would actually engage on the issue instead of continuing to ignore what their voters want.

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2 Responses to Everybody Wants to End the State Booze Monopoly, Except People Who Don’t Use the Stores

  1. Ed H. says:

    One in four Americans have an opinion on the Panetta-Burns plan, too.

    Here’s the thing… If voters are informed of the drawbacks of lowered revenues for the state, and how it will see reduced spending on popular programs, or higher taxes, or both from the sale of the PLCB, its kikely informed people will be against it. Revel in the misinformation that us informed hacks are fighting against, but remember that it takes a lot of ignorance to be for privatization to be popular.