by Lincoln Institute | July 22, 2016

RESPONDENTS: 44 of 44

Section I: FEDERAL LEVEL ISSUE QUESTIONS

1. With ONE being the LEAST important and FIVE being the MOST important; we would like to know how you rate the importance of the following issues:

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  • STOP TPP
  • Overturning Citizens United ruling
  • Voting Rights, Single Payer
  • justice system reform
  • Education Reform – stop testing regimen, no tax revenue for charters
  • Equal rights for women, union rights.
  • systemic racism
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Issue 1 2 3 4 5 Total Weighted
Average
Jobs/Economy 6.98%
3
2.33%
1
9.30%
4
27.91%
12
53.49%
23
43 4.19
Income
Inequality
7.14%
3
2.38%
1
0.00%
0
19.05%
8
71.43%
30
42 4.45
Unemployment
Rate
2.44%
1
7.32%
3
31.71%
13
39.02%
16
19.51%
8
41 3.66
Government
Regulations
9.76%
4
19.51%
8
31.71%
13
31.71%
13
7.32%
3
41 3.07
Free Trade
Agreements
7.69%
3
7.69%
3
28.21%
11
28.21%
11
28.21%
11
39 3.62
Foreign
Affairs
2.44%
1
9.76%
4
26.83%
11
36.59%
15
24.39%
10
41 3.71
ISIS/
Terrorism
12.20%
5
14.63%
6
21.95%
9
17.07%
7
34.15%
14
41 3.46
Health Care/
Obamacare
4.65%
2
0.00%
0
11.63%
5
41.86%
18
41.86%
18
43 4.16
Development
of Domestic
Fossil Fuels
26.83%
11
24.39%
10
21.95%
9
14.63%
6
12.20%
5

41

2.61

Development
of Alternative
Energy Sources
4.88%
2
7.32%
3
12.20%
5
19.51%
8
56.10%
23

41

4.15

Climate Change 7.14%
3
7.14%
3
14.29%
6
16.67%
7
54.76%
23
42 4.05
Abortion 23.81%
10
21.43%
9
14.29%
6
9.52%
4
30.95%
13
42 3.02
Tax Reform 9.76%
4
4.88%
2
14.63%
6
24.39%
10
46.34%
19
41 3.93
Entitlement
Reform
24.39%
10
19.51%
8
19.51%
8
26.83%
11
9.76%
4
41 2.78
Budget Deficit/
Government Spending
12.20%
5
12.20%
5
29.27%
12
24.39%
10
21.95%
9
41 3.32
Illegal
Immigration
22.50%
9
15.00%
6
27.50%
11
25.00%
10
10.00%
4
40 2.85
Gun Control 11.90%
5
7.14%
3
14.29%
6
16.67%
7
50.00%
21
42 3.86
Supreme Court
Nominees
4.65%
2
2.33%
1
4.65%
2
16.28%
7
72.09%
31
43 4.49
Protecting
Constitutional
Rights
7.32%
3
2.44%
1
29.27%
12
17.07%
7
43.90%
18

41

3.88

Gay Marriage/
Gay Rights
7.32%
3
17.07%
7
14.63%
6
19.51%
8
41.46%
17
41 3.71
8
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2. When deciding on which candidate for whom you will vote, are economic issues, social issues or foreign affairs the most important factor?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
ECONOMIC ISSUES 20.93% 9
SOCIAL ISSUES 18.60% 8
FOREIGN AFFAIRS 0.00% 0
COMBINATION OF ALL THREE 60.47% 26
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

3. Do you think the Obama Administration’s foreign policies have made the United States more secure or less secure?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
MUCH MORE SECURE 18.60% 8
SOMEWHAT MORE SECURE 48.84% 21
ABOUT THE SAME 27.91% 12
SOMEWHAT LESS SECURE 4.65% 2
MUCH LESS SECURE 0.00% 0
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

4. Do you think President Obama is on the RIGHT TRACK or the WRONG TRACK in responding to the threat of ISIS and international terrorism?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
RIGHT TRACK 90.24% 37
WRONG TRACK 9.76% 4
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

5. Until the threat of ISIS/terrorism has ended, should the United States:

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
BAN ALL MUSLIMS FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY 0.00% 0
BAN ENTRY FROM COUNTRIES THAT ARE HOTBEDS OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY 5.13% 2
CURRENT LAWS ARE SUFFICIENT 94.87% 37
Answered 39
Skipped 5
Total Respondents 39

6. Do you APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
STRONGLY APPROVE 40.48% 17
SOMEWHAT APPROVE 54.76% 23
SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 4.76% 2
STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 0.00% 0
Answered 42
Skipped 2
Total Respondents 42

7. Generally speaking, do you feel that the U.S. Economy is on the right track, or is it off in the wrong direction?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
RIGHT TRACK 83.72% 36
WRONG TRACK 18.60% 8
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

8. Who is to blame for the nation’s current economic ills? (Check all that apply)

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
PRESIDENT OBAMA 6.98% 3
FEDERAL RESERVE 13.95% 6
CONGRESS 67.44% 29
CORPORATE AMERICA 76.74% 33
INVESTORS 18.60% 8
CONSUMERS 6.98% 3
LABOR UNIONS 2.33% 1
Other

  • Wall Street
  • mega rich
  • I feel the economy is in good shape.
  • With interest rates so low, our
    pension plans are under-performing,
    feeding into Republican hands to
    want to change the system. We need
    to protect our citizens from those
    who would steal their hard-earned
    pensions.
  • Wall Street Banks
  • Too Big to Fail Banks.
  • Investors focused solely on immediate returns.
16.28% 7
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

9. Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE lowering tax rates as a means of stimulating economic growth?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT 6.98% 3
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT 39.53% 17
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE 23.26% 10
STRONGLY OPPOSE 34.88% 15
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

10. Do you think Social Security will be around for the next generations of Americans or will it go bankrupt?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
YES, WITHOUT CHANGE IT WILL BE AROUND 34.88% 15
YES, WITH SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IT WILL BE AROUND 62.79% 27
NO, IT’S HEADED TOWARD BANKRUPTCY 6.98% 3
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

11. Which approach would you take toward balancing the federal budget?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
RAISE TAXES ONLY 18.60% 8
COMBINATION OF TAX HIKES/SPENDING CUTS 79.07% 34
SPENDING CUTS ONLY 2.33% 1
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

12. Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE lowering tax rates as a means of stimulating economic growth?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT 6.98% 3
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT 34.88% 15
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE 20.93% 9
STRONGLY OPPOSE 39.53% 17
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

13. What do you see as the solution to America’s energy needs? (Check all that apply.)

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
More Domestic Drilling 16.28% 7
Development of Alternate Fuels 97.67% 42
Importing More Foreign Oil 2.33% 1
Conservation 69.77% 30
Other

  • alternative fuels plus conservation
  • Developing alternative renewable energy eg; solar,wind
  • Solar. Don’t forget about a conversation on clean water.
    Wars are fought over water rights.
  • Carbon Tax
  • unsure
  • Tax Fracking.
6
Answered 43
Skipped 1
Total Respondents 43

14. When it comes to dealing with illegal immigrants, do you favor:

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION 0.00% 0
GRANTING PERMANENT WORKER STATUS 45.24% 19
GRANTING FULL CITIZENSHIP 30.95% 13
Other

  • Some deportation, permanent worker status with path to cititizenship
  • Creating a path to citizenship
  • earned path to citizenship
  • Provide a path to citizenship and safeguard the family.
  • Create a path to citizenship keeping families together
  • not sure
  • Case by case basis easing the restrictive citizenship
    maneuvering based on their history in our country and homeland
  • Depending on circumstances deportation & a pathway to citizenship
  • it depends
  • Temporary Visas, then let them apply for citizenship.
23.81% 10
Answered 42
Skipped 2
Total Respondents 42

15. Do you have a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE view of the job being done by the United States Senate?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
POSITIVE 4.76% 2
NEGATIVE 95.24% 40
Answered 42
Skipped 2
Total Respondents 42

16. Do you have a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE view of the job being done by the United States House of Representatives?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
POSITIVE 2.38% 1
NEGATIVE 97.62% 41
Answered 42
Skipped 2
Total Respondents 42

17. Do you believe the Federal government is primarily an adversarial force when it comes to helping solve problems, or is the Federal government a positive force in helping people?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
POSITIVE FORCE 56.10% 23
ADVERSARIAL FORCE 51.22% 211
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

18. Do you believe in "natural rights," that our basic rights as Americans are God-given; or are our rights granted to us by government?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
RIGHTS ARE GOD-GIVEN 37.50% 15
ADVERSARIAL FORCE 62.50% 25
Answered 40
Skipped 4
Total Respondents 40

19. Who do you think Hillary Clinton should select as her Vice Presidential running mate?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
Responses

  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • E. Warren if can get by loss of Senate Seat Issue
  • Tim Kaine
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Gov.Hickenlooper
  • Tim Kaine
  • Tom Perez
  • Bernard Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Senator Merkely or Secretary Julian Castro
  • Bernie Sanders or Gov. Kaine , Sect. Castro
  • Castro
  • Cory Booker
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • patty murry
  • joe biden
  • Whoever she feels would be best.
  • Jim Webb should be a consideration.
  • Getting the budget done on time gives me
    a positive view of House and Senate performance.
    The Federal Government is positive when it comes
    to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
    There are some other areas where the federal
    government can be less adversarial. Fining
    cities over MS4 is one area. 18 seems like
    a trick question. I believe in God and Country,
    worship and following the Constitution. I don’t
    know who’s in the running for VP.
  • cory booker
  • Julian Castro
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Decal Patrick
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Sherrod Brown from Ohio
  • Tim Kane
  • Julian Castro
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Kaine
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Perez
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • not sure
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Gov Duval Patrick
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley
  • Bill Clinton
  • Elizabeth Warren
41
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

Section II: STATE LEVEL ISSUE QUESTIONS

20. Do you feel the property tax-based system currently utilized by school districts, local and county governments to fund services is fair and equitable to most segments of your community?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
FAIR 14.63% 6
UNFAIR 90.24% 37
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

21. Would you favor replacing property/real estate taxes with:

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
HIGHER STATE SALES TAX RATE 23.68% 9
MORE BROAD BASED STATE SALES TAX AT THE CURRENT RATE 15.79% 6
LOCAL SALES TAX 13.16% 5
LOCAL EARNED INCOME TAXES 10.53% 4
HIGHER STATE INCOME TAX 36.84% 14
COMBINATION LOCAL SALES/EARNED INCOME TAX 28.95% 11
LEAVE CURRENT TAX STRUCTURE IN PLACE 7.89% 3
Other

  • Coproporations and Wealthy pay fair share or more
  • Not sure
  • Fair funding formula for education
  • It should be a local County decision to create a formula
    that includes real estate, sales, and income taxes. One size
    does not fit all.
  • Higher tax rate for top earners and eliminate corp welfare
  • none of the above
  • Progressive taxation, highest incomes pay higher rates
Answered 38
Skipped 6
Total Respondents 38

22. Generally speaking, do you feel PERSONAL STATE INCOME TAXES are too high, about right, too low?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
TOO HIGH 15.00% 6
ABOUT RIGHT 55.00% 22
TOO LOW 32.50% 13
Answered 40
Skipped 4
Total Respondents 40

23. Generally speaking, do you feel STATE BUSINESS TAXES are too high, about right, too low?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
TOO HIGH 2.44% 1
ABOUT RIGHT 53.66% 22
TOO LOW 48.78% 20
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

24. When it comes to economic development, do you think the state should borrow money to help finance select business ventures, or should the state cut business taxes and regulations?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
BORROW AND FINANCE 70.27% 26
CUT TAXES/REGULATIONS 29.73% 11
Answered 37
Skipped 4
Total Respondents 37

25. Do you feel vouchers or grants should be made available to students who wish to attend a PUBLIC school in a district other than their own?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
YES 39.02% 16
NO 63.41% 26
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

26. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that cost drivers, like pension reform, should be addressed before the General Assembly considers any increase in taxes?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
STRONGLY AGREE 17.07% 7
SOMEWHAT AGREE 39.02% 16
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE 24.39% 10
STRONGLY DISAGREE 19.51% 8
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

27. Some states within the nation have a RIGHT TO WORK law, which means that a worker cannot be fired or kept from having a job for either joining or not joining a union. Do you favor or oppose such a law in Pennsylvania?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
STRONGLY FAVOR 17.50% 7
SOMEWHAT FAVOR 12.50% 5
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE 5.00% 2
STRONGLY OPPOSE 67.50% 27
Answered 40
Skipped 4
Total Respondents 40

28. Some states within the nation have a RIGHT TO WORK law, which means that a worker cannot be fired or kept from having a job for either joining or not joining a union. Do you favor or oppose such a law in Pennsylvania?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT 7.89% 3
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT 15.79% 6
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE 65.79% 25
STRONGLY OPPOSE 15.79% 6
Answered 38
Skipped 6
Total Respondents 38

29. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE privatizing the state’s liquor store system?

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
STRONGLY FAVOR 20.00% 8
SOMEWHAT FAVOR 17.50% 7
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE 17.50% 7
STRONGLY OPPOSE 45.00% 18
Answered 40
Skipped 4
Total Respondents 40

30. PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF: ARE YOU:

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Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
VERY CONSERVATIVE 0.00% 0
SOMEWHAT CONSERVATIVE 0

MODERATE 26.83% 11
SOMEWHAT LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE 41.46% 17
VERY LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE 43.90% 18
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

31. GENDER:

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
MALE 51.22% 21
FEMALE 48.78% 20
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

32. AGE:

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
18-30 21.95% 9
30-50 26.83% 11
50-65 39.02% 16
OVER 65 12.20% 5
Answered 41
Skipped 3
Total Respondents 41

33. Please feel free to share with us any comments you might have on federal and/or state policy issues:

Answer Choices Response Percent Response Count
Other

  • correct question 9 ? Government has a important place in modern societies. Unfortunately debate has brainwashed many to think government is too large or the enemy. Choice between big and small government is irrelevant. I assume size refers to budget, number of employees, regulations. I am in favor of "effective" government regardless of size. Actually some federal programs are too small, and not able to fulfill their mandate. For example FDA and inspection of food.
  • Too many to answer.
  • I would have answered Question 9 as "Strongly opposed" to banning the right of school teachers to strike, but there was a mistake in the options.
  • This is a horribly written survey. Questions are leading and some terms are outdated.
  • Question # 10 needs fixed.
  • We have a real shot at the White House. Keep Hillary’s moderate tone to achieve this goal. It’s the economy, stupid. And it’s safety for our people in the wake of terrorism.
  • We must support voting rights making it as easy as possible to vote. Social justice (social equality) and income inequality in our tax code must also be addressed.
  • Your question # 9 in this survey is invalid.
  • guns and terrorism are my biggest issues right now. next comes budget and taxes and economy. then race wars.
  • The Abortion question was not clear. Why not either pro- choice, or anti- choice? BTW, I’m pro- choice.
  • Hey, question 9 on this page needs a "Strongly Agree" instead of a second "Strongly support."
11
Answered 11
Skipped 33
Total Respondents 41