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Business Climate Survey

2006 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey

Total Respondants: 155

Section I: Business Climate

1. In general, do you think business conditions in Pennsylvania are better, the same, or worse than they were SIX MONTHS AGO?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Better9.2%14
Same42.1%64
Worse48.7%74
No Opinion0%0
Total Respondents152
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2. LOOKING AHEAD SIX MONTHS, do you think business conditions will be better, the same, or worse than they are now?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Better14.5%22
Same43.4%66
Worse41.4%63
No Opinion0.7%1
Total Respondents152
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3. Are employment levels at your company higher, the same, or lower, than they were SIX MONTHS AGO?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Higher15.2%23
Same58.9%89
Lower23.8%36
No Opinion2%3
Total Respondents151
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4. LOOKING AHEAD SIX MONTHS, do you anticipate that employment levels at your company will be higher, stay the same, or be lower?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Higher17.1%26
Same71.7%109
Lower8.6%13
No Opinion2.6%4
Total Respondents152
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5. Have your company's sales increased, stayed relatively the same, or decreased during the PAST SIX MONTHS?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Increased30.3%46
Same35.5%54
Decreased30.9%47
No Opinion3.3%5
Total Respondents152
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6. Do you expect your company's sales to increase, stay relatively the same, or decrease during the COMING SIX MONTHS?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Increase40.1%61
Same40.1%61
Decrease15.1%23
No Opinion4.6%7
Total Respondents152
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7. At any point in the PAST SIX MONTHS has your company considered moving all or part of its Pennsylvania operations to another state?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Did move some operations1.3%2
Considered moving some operations7.3%11
Considered moving all operations8%12
Moved operations into Pennsylvania0%0
Didn't consider any moves83.3%125
Total Respondents150
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8. Do you foresee at any point in the COMING SIX MONTHS your company considering moving all or part of its Pennsylvania operations to another state?

 Response PercentResponse Total
May move all operations3.4%5
May move some operations12.2%18
Not considering any moves83.8%124
May move operations INTO Pennsylvania0.7%1
Total Respondents148
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9. In general, do you have a POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NO OPINION of the job performance of the following individuals?

 PositiveNegativeNo OpinionResponse Total
President George W. Bush47% (71)39% (59)14% (21)151
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke47% (71)10% (15)43% (65)151
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter26% (39)59% (90)15% (23)152
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.10% (15)47% (71)43% (64)150
Governor Ed Rendell17% (26)78% (118)5% (8)152
Attorney General Tom Corbett21% (32)14% (21)65% (98)151
Auditor General Jack Wagner 10% (15)12% (18)78% (117)150
Total Respondents152
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10. In general, do you have a POSITIVE, NEGATIVE, or NO OPINION of the job performance of the following institutions?

 PositiveNegativeNo OpinionResponse Total
United States Senate16% (24)77% (115)7% (11)150
United States House of Representatives9% (14)85% (127)6% (9)150
Pennsylvania Senate18% (27)67% (101)15% (22)150
Pennsylvania House of Representatives11% (17)73% (109)15% (23)149
Total Respondents150
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2. Section II: Issues

11. Generally speaking, do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE Governor Ed Rendell's proposed 2007-2008 state budget?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY SUPPORT2.8%4
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT8.3%12
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE18.8%27
STRONGLY OPPOSE61.1%88
REFUSED/NO OPINION9%13
Total Respondents144
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12. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE an increase in the state sales tax from 6% to 7% with about a third of the new revenue dedicated to funding property tax relief and the balance being added to the general fund?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY FAVOR7.6%11
SOMEWHAT FAVOR9.7%14
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE12.5%18
STRONGLY OPPOSE68.1%98
REFUSED/NO OPINION2.1%3
Total Respondents144
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13. Governor Ed Rendell has proposed a "Prescription for Pennsylvania" which would significantly change the manner in which health care is paid for in the commonwealth. Are you familar with details of the Governor's proposals?

 Response PercentResponse Total
VERY FAMILAR13.9%20
SOMEWHAT FAMILAR46.5%67
SOMEWHAT UNFAMILAR13.9%20
VERY UNFAMILAR24.3%35
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.4%2
Total Respondents144
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14. Given your current level of knowledge of the Governor's "Prescription for Pennsylvania" proposals, do you FAVOR or OPPOSE the initiative?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY FAVOR1.4%2
SOMEWHAT FAVOR9%13
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE20.1%29
STRONGLY OPPOSE50.7%73
REFUSED/NO OPINION18.8%27
Total Respondents144
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15. Would you support the Governor's "Prescription for Pennsylvania" if you knew it contained significant new taxes on business to help pay the costs of providing health care to uninsured Pennsylvanians?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY SUPPORT1.4%2
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT3.5%5
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE11.1%16
STRONGLY OPPOSE79.9%115
REFUSED/NO OPINION4.2%6
Total Respondents144
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16. Governor Ed Rendell is proposing to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to private enterprise as a way of avoiding a significant increase in gasoline taxes. Do you support such privatization, or would you prefer to keep the Turnpike under government control and fund road and bridge repair through higher gasoline taxes?

 Response PercentResponse Total
PRIVATIZE THE TURNPIKE49.7%71
RAISE GASOLINE TAXES21.7%31
REFUSED/NO OPINION28.7%41
Total Respondents143
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17. A select "Speaker's Commission on Reform" is considering changes to the rules governing the internal operations of the State House of Representatives. Do you expect to see significant reform as a result of this commission's work?

 Response PercentResponse Total
SIGNIFICANT REFORM3.5%5
MODEST REFORM30.6%44
NO REFORM55.6%80
REFUSED/NO OPINION10.4%15
Total Respondents144
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18. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE the calling of a state constitutional convention to bring about reform of the manner in which the Pennsylvania General Assembly operates?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY FAVOR38.9%56
SOMEWHAT FAVOR31.2%45
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE5.6%8
STRONGLY OPPOSE6.2%9
REFUSED/NO ANSWER18.1%26
Total Respondents144
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19. Generally speaking, do you have a POSITVE or NEGATIVE view of the leadership changes that have occurred in the state HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY POSITIVE0.7%1
SOMEWHAT POSITIVE25%36
SOMEWHAT NEGATIVE35.4%51
STRONGLY NEGATIVE20.1%29
REFUSED/NO OPINION18.8%27
Total Respondents144
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20. Generally speaking, do you have a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE view of the leadership changes that have occurred in the SENATE of Pennsylvania?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY POSITIVE2.1%3
SOMEWHAT POSITIVE25.9%37
SOMEWHAT NEGATIVE34.3%49
STRONGLY NEGATIVE16.8%24
REFUSED/NO ANSWER21%30
Total Respondents143
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21. Do you APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of the decision to allow slot machine gambling to be legalized in Pennsylvania?

 Response PercentResponse Total
STRONGLY APPROVE16%23
SOMEWHAT APPROVE22.9%33
SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE18.1%26
STRONGLY DISAPPROVE38.9%56
REFUSED/ NO OPINION4.2%6
Total Respondents144
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22. Do you expect to see your property taxes (either personal or business) totally elimated, reduced considerably, somewhat reduced, or not reduced at all as a result of gambling having been legalized in Pennsylvania?

 Response PercentResponse Total
TOTALLY ELIMINATED0.7%1
REDUCED CONSIDERABLY3.5%5
SOMEWHAT REDUCED16%23
NOT REDUCED AT ALL74.3%107
REFUSED/NO ANSWER1.4%2
Other (please specify) (view)4.2%6
Total Respondents144
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23. Now that slot machine gambling has been legalized in Pennsylvania, do you expect to see an increase in crime and social problems as a result of more convenient gambling?

 Response PercentResponse Total
SIGNIFICANT INCREASE26.4%38
SOMEWHAT OF AN INCREASE53.5%77
SOMEWHAT OF A DECREASE2.1%3
SIGNIFICANT DECREASE1.4%2
NO OPINION/REFUSED16.7%24
Total Respondents144
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24. Now that slot machine gambling has been legalized in Pennsylvania, would you say that the potential economic benefits will outweigh the potential increase in crime and social problems, or will the problems outweigh the benefits?

 Response PercentResponse Total
BENEFITS OUTWEIGH PROBLEMS29.9%43
PROBLEMS OUTWEIGH BENEFITS62.5%90
REFUSED/NO ANSWER7.6%11
Total Respondents144
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25. As a result of the recent increase in the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, have you had to take any specific cost cutting action(s) such as: (Check all that are applicable)

 Response PercentResponse Total
LAY-OFF EMPLOYEES2.2%3
CUT HOURS OF OPERATION5.1%7
CANCEL OR POSTPONE EXPANSION PLANS10.9%15
NOT HIRE NEW EMPLOYEES 24.6%34
NOT HIRE TEENS OR INEXPERIENCED WORKERS26.8%37
NO ANSWER/REFUSED37%51
Other (please specify) (view)25.4%35
Total Respondents138
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26. If the election for President of the United States were held today, for whom would you vote?

Total Respondents (view)117
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27. In what part of Pennsylvania is your business located?

 Response PercentResponse Total
Northwest PA9%13
Southwest PA17.2%25
Northcentral PA9%13
Altoona/Johnstown4.8%7
Southcentral/Harrisburg20%29
Southeastern PA21.4%31
Lehigh Valley4.1%6
Northeastern PA14.5%21
Total Respondents145
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28. Which category best describes your position at the business in which your work:

 Response PercentResponse Total
OWNER75.9%110
CEO/COO/CFO15.2%22
STATE MANAGER3.4%5
LOCAL MANAGER2.1%3
REFUSED/NO OPINION0.7%1
Other (please specify) (view)2.8%4
Total Respondents145
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Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania