Jane R. Gordon
Focus Group Moderator
April 8, 1997
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lowman S. Henry / (717) 671-0776
CHIEFS: PA BUSINESS CLIMATE IMPROVING
Harrisburg -- Results of the Lincoln
Institute's semi-annual Keystone Business Climate Survey
of major employers found top corporate CEOs feel
Pennsylvania's business climate has stayed the same or
improved during the past six months.
positive view of the job being done by the U.S.
House of Representatives. In the current survey, the House's
positive rating dropped to just 42%. Forty-six percent offered a
negative view of the House, up from 28% last fall. It is the
first time since Republicans regained control of the House in
1994 that the Congressmen have received a negative rating from
Pennsylvania's business community.
Corporate approval of the job being done by the U.S. Senate has also dropped dramatically. Last September's 61% positive rating has eroded to the point where just 46% have a positive view of the Senate's job performance while 41%, up from 29% last September, have a negative view of the U.S. Senate's efforts.
"The positive, take-charge energy of the Contract With America was popular with the business community," Henry explained. "So far this session, the Republican leadership in Congress has failed to articulate a clear agenda for change. That lack of vision has eroded support for their efforts."
Results of the Keystone Business Climate Survey, along with results of a recent Public Opinion Court focus group session on environmental issues are published in the current edition of Lincoln Journal, a quarterly magazine published by the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc. The Lincoln Institute is a non-profit, educational foundation based near Harrisburg, PA.