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Survey: Pennsylvanians among the most tolerant toward neighbors’ yard signs

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Rick Saccone signs await distribution at the Westmoreland County Republican headquarters in downtown Greensburg earlier this year.
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Conor Lamb signs await disribution at the Lamb campaign headquarters in downtown Greensburg earlier this year.

Pennsylvanians are among the most tolerant when it comes to their neighbors’ political yard signs, a new survey said.

Pennsylvania ranked 14th out of the states surveyed by ShieldCo, a Maryland-based sign company, about popular attitudes toward political yard signs.

While nearly a third of Americans would be irritated if a neighbor put up a political yard sign, only 26.6 percent of Pennsylvanians found such signs an annoyance, according to the survey.

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Californians have the biggest issue with yard signs, with 49 percent saying they would be irritated if a neighbor erected one, while Arkansas residents are the most tolerant, with 5.9 percent saying they would be irritated, the survey said.

Rounding out the top three states were West Virginia (7.7 percent) and North Dakota (12.5 percent), according to the survey.

The survey also found that:

• 59.2 percent of Americans are unaware that states have laws regarding the use of political yard signs;

• 59.1 percent believe political yards signs should be allowed only at certain times of the year; and

• 45.4 percent don’t believe that political yards signs have a significant impact on people’s voting choices.

Three thousand people were surveyed.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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