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2018 Spring Business Climate Survey

Survey Questions and Responses


by Lincoln Institute
 

Results Summary

Respondents: 242 of 242

Page 1: Section I: Issues

Q1 Generally speaking when it comes to the economy does the Trump Administration have the country on the RIGHT TRACK or are we off on the WRONG TRACK?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

RIGHT TRACK74.27%179
WRONG TRACK14.52%35
NOT SURE10.37%25
REFUSED/NO OPINION0.83%2
Answered: 241
Skipped: 1

Q2 Has passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 resulted in any tax savings for your business?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

SUBSTANTIAL TAX SAVINGS15.77%38
MODERATE TAX SAVINGS26.97%65
TAXES INCREASED3.32%8
TO SOON TO KNOW52.28%126
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.66%4
Answered: 241
Skipped: 1

Q3 As a result of passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has your business taken any of the following actions (check all that apply):


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

INCREASED EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION28.89%65
EXPANDED EMPLOYEE HOURS5.33%12
HIRED NEW EMPLOYEES19.56%44
EXPANDED BUSINESS17.33%39
STARTED NEW PRODUCT LINE6.22%14
REFUSED/NO OPINION24.00%54
OTHER RESPONSES

No does not benefit small businesses at all

barely getting by

have not done any of the above

none of the above

Loosing business and employment is increasing difficult to find

Too early to know the effect.

It's too early.

stopped hiring

business as usual - hoping that there isn't a recession

I've become concerned about the negative impact of corruption at the highest levels of government.

no

none

none

my business depends on the weather.

I am disappointed with the Regulations still in effect. These, more than the taxes affect my business....to the extent that I may be closing my doors!

None of the above

Purchase of Updated Equipment

no change

None

We're a non-profit

no changes

nothing yet

I work for a nonprofit

None of the above. We are hoping it doesn't cause a cutback.

Passage of the Act does not affect our business finances, ESOP

PURCHASED NEW EQUIPMENT

BUGETTED FOR NEW EQUIPMENT

Not yet, but will most likely increase compensation

nothing yet

Difficulty in locating new hires

None of the above

No action

No

No change

No change

No change

USING IT TO HELP DEFRAY MEDICAL INSURANCE COSTS

nothing

To soon to judge about that

Too SOON

Practicing caution. I'll wait until I see benefits.

Too soon to make any changes

Self employed

No change

I am a one man business--no employees

Buying new equipment

no actions

hope to replace old equipment

none of the above

Too soon to decide

None of the above

nothing at this time as we are waiting to see implications of the Act

none of the above

Allowed me to get paid for the first time in the last 3 years

We are a start-up of sorts... so taxes are not today's issue. Captial to launch a new medical device is the challenge

Reduced staff

saving any monies for owner compensation

capex investment (why didn't you list??????)

has no effect and in 2 above I don't believe I'm getting a tax cut

small 5 person (2PT) business no actions taken as yet

buying back stock

too soon to see any difference to make changes

Expect more difficult economic times ahead

anticipate need for future hiring as businesses invest saving in new equipment/facilities expansion.

No impact, no action

28.89%65
Answered: 225
Skipped: 17

Q4 When it comes to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) do you think the Trump Administration should:


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

TERMINATE THE AGREEMENT3.73%9
RENEGOTIATE NAFTA FOR MORE FAVORABLE TERMS77.18%186
KEEP THE AGREEMENT WITH NO CHANGES12.03%29
REFUSED/NO OPINION7.05%17
Answered: 241
Skipped: 1

Q5 Thinking of how federal regulations affect your business, would you say the Trump Administration has delivered SIGNIFICANT regulatory relief, SOME regulatory relief or NO regulatory relief?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

SIGNIFICANT REGULATORY RELIEF11.62%28
SOME REGULATORY RELIEF46.47%112
NO REGULATORY RELIEF31.12%75
REFUSED/NO OPINION10.79%26
Answered: 241
Skipped: 1

Q6 Does the recent move by the Trump Administration to place tariffs on steel and aluminium imports have any impact on your business?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

STRONG POSITIVE IMPACT2.51%6
SOMEWHAT POSITIVE IMPACT7.95%19
NO IMPACT53.97%129
SOMEWHAT NEGATIVE IMPACT21.76%52
STRONG NEGATIVE IMPACT8.37%20
REFUSED/NO OPINION5.44%13
Answered: 239
Skipped: 3

Q7 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently struck down Pennsylvania's congressional redistricting plan and replaced it with a plan developed by a court-appointed consultant. Do you think:


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

THE COURT OVERSTEPPED ITS AUTHORITY60.83%146
THE COURT RIGHTED A WRONG22.92%55
REFUSED/NO OPINION16.25%39
Answered: 240
Skipped: 2

Q8 A resolution has been introduced into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to impeach the state Supreme Court Justices who voted to implement a new congressional redistricting map on the grounds their action violated both the U.S. and state constitutions. Do you think the justices should be impeached as a result of their actions?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

YES, JUSTICES SHOULD BE IMPEACHED45.64%110
NO, JUSTICES SHOULD NOT BE IMPEACHED32.37%78
REFUSED/NO OPINION21.99%53
Answered: 241
Skipped: 1

Q9 Currently Pennsylvania's appellate court judges and justices serve for ten year terms. Do you think the length of those terms should be made shorter?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

YES, THEY SHOULD SERVE FOUR YEAR TERMS30.71%74
YES, THEY SHOULD SERVE SIX YEAR TERMS35.68%86
NO, TEN YEAR TERMS ARE APPROPRIATE25.31%61
REFUSED/NO OPINION8.30%20
Answered: 241
Skipped: 1

Q10 Currently Pennsylvania's appellate court judges and justices serve ten year terms and then stand for a yes or no retention vote rather than re-election. Should we continue to have retention votes or should judges and justices stand for re-election.


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

CONTINUE TO HAVE RETENTION VOTES21.67%52
JUDGES AND JUSTICES SHOULD STAND FOR RE-ELECTION71.67%172
REFUSED/NO OPINION6.67%16
Answered: 240
Skipped: 2

Q11 Currently Pennsylvania's appellate court judges and justices are elected in statewide elections. Should we continue to elect judges and justices statewide, should we instead elect them by district (as we do we congressmen and state legislators) or should we eliminate appellate judicial elections and implement a merit selection (appointment) process?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

CONTINUE TO ELECT STATEWIDE23.01%55
ELECT BY DISTRICT OR REGION57.74%138
APPOINT BY MERIT SELECTION12.13%29
REFUSED/NO OPINION7.11%17
Answered: 239
Skipped: 3

Q12 As Pennsylvania enters another state budgeting debate do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE a proposal that would suspend pay for lawmakers and top staff if they do not adopt a new budget by the June 30th deadline?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT70.42%169
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT20.83%50
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE3.33%8
STRONGLY OPPOSE3.33%8
REFUSED/NO OPINION2.08%5
Answered: 240
Skipped: 2

Q13 Are you a registered REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT or INDEPENDENT?


REPUBLICAN71.37%172
DEMOCRAT8.71%21
INDEPENDENT/OTHER PARTY8.71%21
NOT REGISTERED0.83%2
REFUSED/NO OPINION10.37%25
Answered: 241
Skipped: 1

Q14 IF the Republican primary election were held today would you vote for Laura Ellsworth, Paul Mango or Scott Wagner to be the Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

LAURA ELLSWORTH4.17%10
PAUL MANGO11.67%28
SCOTT WAGNER31.25%75
UNDECIDED43.33%104
REFUSED/NO OPINION9.58%23
Answered: 240
Skipped: 2

Page 2: Section II: Business Climate

Q15 In general, do you think business conditions in Pennsylvania are better, the same, or worse than they were SIX MONTHS AGO?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Better37.61%88
Same46.58%109
Worse14.53%34
No Opinion1.28%3
Answered: 234
Skipped: 8

Q16 LOOKING AHEAD SIX MONTHS, do you think business conditions will be better, the same, or worse than they are now?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Better38.03%89
Same40.60%95
Worse17.52%41
No Opinion3.85%9
Answered: 234
Skipped: 8

Q17 Are employment levels at your company higher, the same, or lower, than they were SIX MONTHS AGO?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Higher26.07%61
Same61.54%144
Lower11.11%26
No Opinion1.28%3
Answered: 234
Skipped: 8

Q18 LOOKING AHEAD SIX MONTHS, do you anticipate that employment levels at your company will be higher, stay the same, or be lower?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

RESPONSES
Higher33.91%79
Same58.80%137
Lower3.86%9
No Opinion3.43%8
Answered: 233
Skipped: 9

Q19 Have your company's sales increased, stayed relatively the same, or decreased during the PAST SIX MONTHS?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Increased39.74%93
Same40.17%94
Decreased18.38%43
No Opinion1.71%4
Answered: 234
Skipped: 8

Q20 Do you expect your company's sales to increase, stay relatively the same, or decrease during the COMING SIX MONTHS?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Increase53.85%126
Same38.03%89
Decrease5.98%14
No Opinion2.14%5
Answered: 234
Skipped: 8

Q21 In general, do you have a POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NO OPINION of the job performance of the following individuals?


Answer Choices

PositiveNegativeNo OpinionTOTAL
President

Donald J. Trump

74.25%

173

23.18%

54

2.58%

6

233
Fed Chairman

Jerome H. Powell

24.56%

56

6.58%

15

68.86%

157

228
U.S. Senator

Pat Toomey

52.86%

120

30.84%

70

16.30%

37

227
U.S. Senator

Robert P. Casey, Jr.

17.98%

41

64.04%

146

17.98%

41

228
U.S. Treasury

Steven Mnuchin

41.05%

94

15.28%

35

43.67%

100

229
Governor

Tom Wolf

13.54%

31

79.48%

182

6.99%

16

229
Attorney General

Josh Shapiro

18.50%

42

23.79%

54

57.71%

131

227
Auditor General Eugene Depasquale25.11%

57

14.98%

34

59.91%

136

227
State Treasurer

Joe Torsella

11.50%

26

15.49%

35

73.01%

165

226
Answered: 233
Skipped: 9

Q22 In general, do you have a POSITIVE, NEGATIVE, or NO OPINION of the job performance of the following institutions?


Answer ChoicesPOSITIVENEGATIVENO OPINIONTOTAL
United States

Senate

8.62%

20

84.48%

196

6.90%

16

232
United States

House of Representatives

16.74%

39

76.39%

178

6.87%

16

233
Pennsylvania

Senate

21.03%

49

62.66%

146

16.31%

38

233
Pennsylvania

House of Representatives

26.41%

61

59.31%

137

14.29%

33

231
Answered: 233
Skipped: 9

Q23 Which category best describes your position at the business in which your work:


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

OWNER76.92%180
CEO/COO/CFO16.67%39
STATE MANAGER0.00%0
LOCAL MANAGER2.14%5
NO ANSWER/REFUSED1.28%3
Other Responses

Co-owner

CORPORATE SECRETARY

OFFICE MANAGER

partner

Own 1 alone, Sr Partner in Main bsiness

Human Resources Manager

Past president

2.99%7
Answered: 234
Skipped: 8

Q24 In what part of Pennsylvania is your business located?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Northwest PA14.96%35
Southwest PA21.79%51
Northcentral PA9.40%22
Altoona/Johnstown2.99%7
Southcentral/Harrisburg16.24%38
Southeastern PA21.37%50
Lehigh Valley5.56%13
Northeastern PA7.69%18
Answered: 234
Skipped: 8

Q25 Please feel free to make any additional comments or observations about Pennsylvania's business climate.


RESPONSES:

There are lots of companies hiring however there is not enough qualified individuals to fill the positions. Also, Tanning Taxes need to be removed. Tanning Regulations should not be controlled by the government. These both have shut down many tanning businesses!!!

Trump's big tax break for large corporations does not help the small business owners.

5 years ago, I had a thriving business in the oil field, thanks to my state government and all its new regulations, it has all but dried up, leaving us to struggle just to survive

Pennsylvania struggles to compete with our neighboring states because of the high tax environment, high gas taxes and serious state employees pension system problems. Until lawmakers are willing to make the tough decisions to cut state spending Pennsylvania will continue to fall behind.

It's to hard to expand a business due to regulations. Pa, Gov. too corrupted. Govt. can't even follow laws but expect small business to comply. Just look at the Pa. Turnpike mess. Everyday I read about corruption in Politics and just all out greed. SHAMEFUL!! Could go on and on but know one really cares anymore.

Negative on congress for failing to get things done. Failure to repeal Obamacare, failure to act to end DACA, failure to get our borders protected. Failure after failure. No guts in these people - they're more about preserving their jobs, I think.

no

This poll makes horrible assumptions and is poorly designed, even if you want to use it as a push poll.

The obvious Republican/Conservative tilt of this questionnaire is somewhat troubling - though compared to what's going on at the White House, this was at least a somewhat open airing,

Pa Legislators should have limits on the number of consecutive terms in office.

my business is extremely dependent on the weather...the weather has not been co-operating this year...I will not vote for the weather anytime soon...then again, if I do....

EPA and DEP regulations are restrictive and unnessary!!

We need a different Governor. One that is more pro business and Less Union.

In general, we are seeing many positive signs in the economy of our area, most businesses will also tell you that they can not find enough LABOR, this is a real problem regardless of type of personnel needed, skilled, tech, administrative, labor etc

We need more competition among insurers for health and other business insurances.

The prospect of increasing regulation at the state level is HORRIFYING (minimum wage increase, syrup tax, predictive scheduling, ad nauseum)

Reducing spending and state pensions need to be prioritized to reduce our state budget

Regulations that make our job harder, more expensive and take away financial resources to improve quality are not beneficial. State reimbursements that create poverty level jobs with no stability are not beneficial. Bureaucrats who have no idea how things actually work in the field making rules that don't work and cost money is not how businesses should run. Businesses should have the ability to innovate to provide better services at a more cost effective way and not be told every step of the way how to do their job.

Answered:51
Skipped:191