With Groundhog Day on the horizon, PPP decided to take a look at how Pennsylvanians feel about Punxsutawney Phil. The verdict: they like the little guy, but they don't put too much stock in his weather predictions.
59% of Pennsylvanians have a favorable opinion of Punxsutawney Phil, to only 12% with a negative one. Affection for him bridges party lines- 61% of Democrats, 60% of independents, and 56% of Republicans view him positively. But only 8% think that whether he sees his shadow or not is actually a reliable indicator of how long winter will last, compared to 81% who think his prognostications can't be depended on.
They may not trust Punxsutawney Phil as a weatherman, but Pennsylvanians think he'd be perfectly adept at another job: member of Congress. 50% think he'd do a better job than most current members of Congress, to only 29% that think he wouldn't. Those numbers are particularly dramatic among independents, where the spread is 57/16.
Other notes from Pennsylvania: