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Fall 2009 Keystone Business Climate Survey

Response Summary

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
Percent
Response
Count
Better8.7%15
Same28.5%49
Worse62.2%107
No Opinion0.6%1
answered question 172
skipped question 1

2. LOOKING AHEAD SIX MONTHS, do you think business conditions will be better, the same, or worse than they are now?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Better18.6%32
Same44.8%77
Worse34.3%59
No Opinion2.3%4
answered question 172
skipped question 1

3. Are employment levels at your company higher, the same, or lower, than they were SIX MONTHS AGO?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Higher5.4%9
Same49.4%83
Lower42.3%71
No Opinion3.0%5
answered question 168
skipped question 5

4. LOOKING AHEAD SIX MONTHS, do you anticipate that employment levels at your company will be higher, stay the same, or be lower?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Higher13.0%22
Same60.4%102
Lower21.9%37
No Opinion4.7%8
answered question 169
skipped question 4

5. Have your company's sales increased, stayed relatively the same, or decreased during the PAST SIX MONTHS?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Increased11.8%20
Same27.8%47
Decreased56.2%95
No Opinion4.1%7
answered question 169
skipped question 4

6. Do you expect your company's sales to increase, stay relatively the same, or decrease during the COMING SIX MONTHS?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Increase27.8%47
Same37.9%64
Decrease27.8%47
No Opinion6.5%11
answered question 169
skipped question 4

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
Percent
Response
Count
Did move some operations2.4%4
Considered moving some operations4.8%8
Considered moving all operations4.8%8
Moved operations into Pennsylvania0.0%0
Didn't consider any moves88.0%146
answered question 166
skipped question 7

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
Percent
Response
Count
May move all operations5.5%9
May move some operations5.5%9
Not considering any moves89.0%146
May move operations INTO Pennsylvania0.0%0
answered question 164
skipped question 9

9. In general, do you have a POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NO OPINION of the job performance of the following individuals?

 PositiveNegativeNo OpinionResponse
Count
President Barack Obama11.8% (20)81.2% (138)7.1% (12)170
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke21.3% (36)52.1% (88)26.6% (45)169
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter4.7% (8)87.7% (150)7.6% (13)171
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.10.1% (17)65.7% (111)24.3% (41)169
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner8.9% (15)66.9% (113)24.3% (41)169
Governor Ed Rendell10.6% (18)85.9% (146)3.5% (6)170
Attorney General Tom Corbett32.1% (54)15.5% (26)52.4% (88)168
Auditor General Jack Wagner12.5% (21)13.1% (22)74.4% (125)168
State Treasurer Rob McCord3.0% (5)14.3% (24)82.7% (139)168
answered question   171
skipped question   2

10. In general, do you have a POSITIVE, NEGATIVE, or NO OPINION of the job performance of the following institutions?

 PositiveNegativeNo OpinionResponse
Count
United States Senate1.8% (3)89.3% (151)8.9% (15)169
United States House of Representatives1.8% (3)89.9% (152)8.3% (14)169
Pennsylvania Senate16.4% (28)65.5% (112)18.1% (31)171
Pennsylvania House of Representatives8.3% (14)76.9% (130)14.8% (25)169
answered question   171
skipped question   2

Section II: Issues

11. It appears the new state budget will call for spending about $400 million less than in the last fiscal year. Do you think that reduction in spending is too small, about right, or too much?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
TOO SMALL71.4%115
ABOUT RIGHT15.5%25
TOO MUCH1.9%3
REFUSED/NO OPINION11.2%18
answered question 161
skipped question 12

12. If you were told last year's state budget ended with a $3.2 billion deficit, and the new budget cuts projected spending by $400 million, would you say the spending reduction is too small, about right or too much?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
TOO SMALL86.3%138
ABOUT RIGHT6.9%11
TOO MUCH2.5%4
REFUSED/NO OPINION4.4%7
answered question 160
skipped question 13

13. The phase-out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax has been delayed under terms of the current budget deal. What impact do you think that will have on the ability of businesses to create new jobs?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE IMPACT25.9%41
MODERATE NEGATIVE IMPACT39.9%63
NO IMPACT15.2%24
MODERATE POSITIVE IMPACT5.1%8
SIGNIFICANT POSITIVE IMPACT0.6%1
REFUSED/NO OPINION13.3%21
answered question 158
skipped question 15

14. Generally speaking, do you APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of the state budget deal?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY APPROVE1.3%2
SOMEWHAT APPROVE16.1%25
SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE49.0%76
STRONGLY DISAPPROVE33.5%52
answered question 155
skipped question 18

15. Please indicated whether you agree or disagree with the the following methods of increasing state revenue:

 STRONGLY AGREESOMEWHAT AGREESOMEWHAT DISAGREESTRONGLY DISAGREEREFUSED/NO OPINIONResponse
Count
Delay Capital Stock Phase-Out1.9% (3)14.3% (22)20.8% (32)39.0% (60)24.0% (37)154
Increase Cigarette Taxes30.8% (49)24.5% (39)14.5% (23)26.4% (42)3.8% (6)159
New Tax on Small Games of Chance27.7% (44)28.9% (46)16.4% (26)25.2% (40)1.9% (3)159
New Sales Tax on Performing Arts Ticket Purchases10.1% (16)21.4% (34)22.0% (35)42.1% (67)4.4% (7)159
Spending Most of the Rainy Day Fund6.3% (10)20.9% (33)24.1% (38)46.2% (73)2.5% (4)158
Spending MCARE (Medical Malpractice Fund) Dollars5.7% (9)13.9% (22)25.9% (41)41.8% (66)12.7% (20)158
Legalization of Table Gaming at State Casinos23.4% (37)30.4% (48)11.4% (18)31.6% (50)3.2% (5)158
answered question     160
skipped question     13

16. Which level of government do you believe has the biggest impact (postitive or negative) on Pennsylvania's business climate?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT30.0%48
STATE GOVERNMENT63.8%102
COUNTY/LOCAL GOVERNMENTS5.0%8
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.3%2
answered question 160
skipped question 13

17. Generally speaking, do you view state government spending as a way to stimulate Pennsylvania's economy or do you believe state government spending is harmful to the commonwealth's business climate?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
SPENDING STIMULATES STATE ECONOMY13.0%21
SPENDING HAS NO EFFECT ON STATE ECONOMY10.6%17
SPENDING IS HARMFUL TO THE STATE ECONOMY65.8%106
REFUSED/NO OPINION10.6%17
answered question 161
skipped question 12

18. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE enactment of what is commonly referred to as a Right to Work law, whereby a worker cannot be compelled to join or pay fees to a labor union as a condition of employment?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY FAVOR78.8%126
SOMEWHAT FAVOR9.4%15
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE3.1%5
STRONGLY OPPOSE6.9%11
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.9%3
answered question 160
skipped question 13

19. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernake says he believes the economic recession has ended. Do you think the recession has come to an end?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
RECESSION HAS ENDED6.2%10
RECESSION CONTINUES91.9%148
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.9%3
answered question 161
skipped question 12

20. Has the economy recovered to the point where you plan to hire additional workers over the coming three months?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES1.2%2
NO88.2%142
DON'T KNOW6.2%10
REFUSED/NO OPINION4.3%7
answered question 161
skipped question 12

21. Do you plan to make any machinery or equipment purchases over the coming three months.

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES16.0%25
NO69.2%108
DON'T KNOW10.9%17
REFUSED/NO OPINION3.8%6
answered question 156
skipped question 17

22. Do you plan to invest in any capital improvements, such as expanding or building new facilities, for your business over the coming three months?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES6.8%11
NO85.1%137
DON'T KNOW4.3%7
REFUSED/NO OPINION3.7%6
answered question 161
skipped question 12

23. Have you had to take any of the following actions to deal with the current economic recession:

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
LAY OFF EMPLOYEES49.2%64
REDUCE EMPLOYEE WORK HOURS70.8%92
CLOSE OR CONSOLIDATE FACILITIES4.6%6
REDUCE PRODUCT LINES9.2%12
RAISE PRICES13.8%18
CUT PRICES40.0%52
CLOSE YOUR BUSINESS1.5%2
Other (VIEW) 14
answered question 130
skipped question 43

24. What is your top business concern?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
ACCESS TO CREDIT5.3%8
LOST SALES47.7%72
TAXES20.5%31
COST OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE19.9%30
ENERGY COSTS6.6%10
Other (VIEW) 8
answered question 151
skipped question 22

25. DEMOCRATS ONLY: IF the Democratic Primary for Governor of Pennsylvania were held today, would you vote for

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
JACK WAGNER66.7%8
DAN ONORATO0.0%0 
CHRIS DOHERTY25.0%3
TOM KNOX0.0%0 
JOE HOEFFEL8.3%1
Other (VIEW) 1
answered question 12
skipped question 161

26. REPUBLICANS ONLY: If the Republican Primary for Governor of Pennsylvania were held today, would you vote for:

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
TOM CORBETT64.4%65
JIM GERLACH20.8%21
SAM ROHRER14.9%15
Other (VIEW) 8
answered question 101
skipped question 72

27. DEMOCRATS ONLY: IF the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senator were held today, would you vote for Arlen Specter or Joe Sestak?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
ARLEN SPECTER20.8%5
JOE SESTAK37.5%9
REFUSED/NO OPINION41.7%10
Other (VIEW) 1
answered question 24
skipped question 149

28. REPUBLICANS ONLY: If the Primary election for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania were held today would you vote for Pat Toomey or Peg Luksik?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
PAT TOOMEY64.8%83
PEG LUKSIK6.3%8
REFUSED/NO OPINION28.9%37
answered question 128
skipped question 45

29. In what part of Pennsylvania is your business located?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Northwest PA15.8%25
Southwest PA12.7%20
Northcentral PA6.3%10
Altoona/Johnstown3.8%6
Southcentral/Harrisburg17.1%27
Southeastern PA28.5%45
Lehigh Valley8.2%13
Northeastern PA7.6%12
answered question 158
skipped question 15

30. Which category best describes your position at the business in which your work:

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
OWNER71.1%113
CEO/COO/CFO17.0%27
STATE MANAGER1.3%2
LOCAL MANAGER3.1%5
NO ANSWER/REFUSED2.5%4
Other (VIEW)5.0%8
answered question 159
skipped question 14

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania