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

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.


  1. So here you advocate here that politicians should do what the voters want?

    Interesting. Politicians should only listen to what the voters want when you agree with the voters. When you disagree with the voters, politicians should do “what’s right.”

    Connecticut man. They need you.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      My argument is that the policy is correct on the merits. This is an appeal to their political self-interest. Doing the right thing has the added benefit of being broadly popular.

  2. Then you need to delete references to what the voters want as that is meaningless to elites like you.

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