A bi-partisan study conducted by two Pennsylvania advocacy groups shows support for liquor privatization across the board.
According to the new survey, which sponsoring groups the Commonwealth Foundation and Keystone Politics called the most comprehensive study of Pennsylvanian's attitudes on the issue to date, two-thirds of likely voters support privatization.
According to the survey, 70 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of independents, 54 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of union households favored abolishing the state-run liquor system.
The survey of more than 1,100 Pennsylvania residents showed a strong majority of consumers (66 percent) support full privatization — removing government from the sale of liquor and licensing private retailers — strongly preferring that over measures that would allow only existing retailers such as beer distributors to sell wine and spirits.
Heart and Mind Strategies, a market research and consulting firm, conducted the telephone survey Sept. 3-12 with more than 1,100 Pennsylvania residents and likely voters 21 and older.