Poll: Pa. voters prefer current electoral vote system

A new poll shows most Pennsylvanians prefer to keep the state's winner-take-all system in presidential elections, rather than award electoral votes by congressional district.

In the poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, 52 percent of voters said the state should continue to award all of its electoral votes to the popular vote winner, while 40 percent said the votes should be divided between candidates based on the congressional districts they win.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester/Delaware), who proposed changing the allocation of electoral votes, has said his plan would more accurately reflect the views of Pennsylvania voters.

Only 32 percent of voters in the poll agreed with Pileggi, while 57 percent said Republicans in the state Legislature want the switch to help GOP presidential candidates.

Fifty-one percent of voters said the switch would diminish Pennsylvania's importance as a key swing state in presidential elections.

The statewide telephone survey polled 1,370 registered voters from September 21-26 and had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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