I’ve been on a mission to convince you guys for a while that reforming our protectionist retail and poured alcohol laws is the true progressive position, so to that end Keystone Politics co-sponsored a poll with the Commonwealth Foundation to see what people’s actual booze shopping preferences are.
You can read all about the methodology and the internals here if you want to pick it apart, but the key facts are these:
- 61% of respondents support alcohol privatization
- Democrats were 50% of our sample, and 65% of respondents want to buy beer, wine, and liquor in grocery stores.
- Only 33% support the half-assed “modernization” plan to give beer distributors exclusive control over wine and liquor sales.
- 54% of Democrats, 70% of Republicans, and 70% of independents* were in support of alcohol reform
-55% said they’d be more likely to support a politician who’d vote for alcohol reform, showing that there is zero electoral price to pay for Dems to vote for this.
People in the southeast and Philly suburbs were the most supportive, showing that there is a great opportunity for SEPTA county Democrats to offer a bloc of votes for alcohol reform in exchange for SEPTA money.
* There’s basically no such thing as a true political independent. They’re about 7% of the electorate. Most of these people are functioning Democrats or Republicans, so really the Democratic support is higher.