New Poll Shows Why 7 in 10 Want Redistricting Reform

A just-released Franklin & Marshall College survey of registered voters shows overwhelming support for an independent citizens commission.

The poll of registered voters shows seven in ten (67%) Pennsylvania voters support an independent commission to draw legislative district lines. This includes majorities of Democrats (66%), independents (78%) and Republicans (63%).

The data confirms other recent surveys but gives far more insight into reasons for dissatisfaction with the current process:

Support for an independent commission is high across all demographic groups and throughout the state’s diverse geographic regions. Majorities in every region of the state responded in favor of an independent commission, with 71% support in central Pennsylvania, 70% in Allegheny County, 69% in Philadelphia and 65% in the northeast.

This will be an election issue in 2020: 59% of respondents said they were more likely or very likely to support legislators who vote for an independent citizens redistricting commission.

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Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Fair Districts PA, the poll was designed and administered by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. There were 901 interviews conducted with registered voters between August 20, 2019, and September 10, 2019.