Just a reminder that the unanimous opposition to alcohol reform from Democratic politicians does not reflect the view of Democratic voters. The opposition is special interest-driven, not driven by voter opinion. On any other issue where Democratic voters were this closely divided, the caucus would be more divided. And they should be more divided. Alcohol reform is a good deal for big cities and the suburbs outside of big cities, where most of the state’s voters live. Any Democrat representing a populous urban or suburban district who’s not in favor of supermarket alcohol sales and expanded tavern licensing is putting a tiny special interest group ahead of his district’s voters.
Keegan Gibson reads the F&M poll:
While opposition to lottery privatization proved strong, a majority of Pennsylvanians support selling the state’s liquor stores to private companies. Overall, 53% of registered PA voters support privatization including 61% of Republicans, 51% of independents, and 48% of Democrats. 34% oppose privatizing state stores.
The 55-34 breakdown is within historic norms according to F&M surveys from 2010 and 2002.