Jane R. Gordon
Focus Group Moderator
September 22, 1999
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lowman S. Henry / (717) 671-0776
County Voters Support Free Market Approach to Government
Harrisburg (PA) -- Allegheny County voters who last year adopted a
new Home Rule Charter by the slimmest of margins are now optimistic
that the new county executive/council form of government will be
more effective than the traditional three-commissioner system it is
percent of Allegheny County voters favor the abolishment of the
Regional Assets District (RAD) tax, 33% think the tax should be
property taxes had to be replaced, 45% favor imposition of
additional sales taxes, and 37% would support a county earned income
percent of the voters surveyed think construction contracts to build
PNC Park and the new Steeler Stadium should go to the lowest bidder,
24% think government should
negotiate with companies for the lowest price.
*** Sixty-one percent of respondents in the City of Pittsburgh say the city should require that at least 35% of the jobs created by major construction projects in the city should go to city residents.
percent think county row offices should be combined into one office, 41% say
they should remain separate.
it comes to feeling safe in their own neighborhoods, 32% say they feel “more
safe” than they did a year ago, 24% feel “less safe,” and 44% feel
“about as safe” as they did a year
percent of county voters surveyed say illegal drug use is a problem in their
neighborhood, 72% say drugs are not a problem.
the year since the electric utility industry has been deregulated, 24% of Pulse
Poll participants have seen their electric
bills increase, 17% have experienced lower bills, and 44% say their bills have
been about the same.
percent say they do not want more choice when it comes to selecting local
telephone service, 38% would like to have additional choices.
percent would like to buy their telecommunications services from multiple
providers, 34% would prefer to deal with only one provider.
those who would like to utilize only one provider for telecommunications
services, 63% would choose to use their local telephone company, 20% would use
their long distance company, and 10% would
select their cable television company.
voters support Al Gore for President over Bill Bradley by a 43% to 27%
margin. Thirteen percent
said they would like another choice, and 16% offered no
Governor George W. Bush leads the Republican field with 49% of the vote.
Elizabeth Dole was the choice of 14% of poll participants while Steve
Forbes garnered 10% of the votes. All
other candidates finished in the low single digits.
The Lincoln Institute’s Pulse Poll of voters in Allegheny County was conducted on September 8, 1999 by Precision Marketing, Inc. of Easton, Pennsylvania. A total of 328 registered voters were surveyed. The poll has a margin of error of +/-5.5% at a 95% confidence level. Complete numeric results of the survey can be obtained by logging onto the Lincoln Institute’s website at www.lincolninstitute.org. The Lincoln Institute is a non-profit educational foundation based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.