As the Pennsylvania state legislature begins the 2022 session, focus group data released today reinforces concerns and priorities released in previous research. Pennsylvanians still reeling from the pandemic, want the legislature to take action to address critical pocketbook issues and make forward looking investments in education and healthcare. The poll was commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and Better PA.
“Hearing people talk about the hopes and concerns of their communities whether they are white, Black, Latinx or from Lehigh, Pittsburgh or Philly- there are common values and common worries. Overall Pennsylvanians want a living wage, funded public schools, affordable housing, and access to healthcare;” said Steve Paul, SiX Pennsylvania State Director. “Pennsylvanians want action on what matters-- our economy and our future.”
Target Smart administered five virtual focus groups and centered the conversations on critical economic issues facing Pennsylvanians still in the grip of the pandemic. The conversations also explored priorities for the state budget and the voting experience. The five on-line focus groups took place in:
While qualitative research cannot be generalized, several key themes were repeated in the conversations across groups:
The focus groups took place between January 10-17, 2022 and were hosted on-line via Zoom.
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