A majority of Pennsylvanians back the gun control measures endorsed by the White House, and nearly as many support the National Rifle Association proposal to put armed guards in schools.
On pocketbook matters, angst is growing. A majority have a negative view of Pennsylvania’s economy, and satisfaction with family income fell 10 percentage points from last year, according to The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College 2013 Pennsylvania Quality of Life survey.
John Geist, a 62-year-old from South Whitehall Township, is a Pennsylvanian who falls into both categories.
Geist used to consider himself middle class, but he was laid off when his company outsourced and had to settle for another manufacturing job earning substantially less. It was the second time in his life he’d lost his job through no fault of his own.