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Spring 2004 Keystone Business Climate Survey
Survey Summary

Analysis

Total Respondents: 283

1. 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 Total
Better
23.3%
65
Same
43%
120
Worse
33.7%
94
No Opinion
0%
0

Total Respondents
(skipped this question)

279
4

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

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Better
32.1%
90
Same
40%
112
Worse
25.4%
71
No Opinion
2.5%
7
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
280
3

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

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Higher
17.7%
50
Same
63.5%
179
Lower
16.7%
47
No Opinion
2.1%
6
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

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 Total
Higher
26.5%
74
Same
64.9%
181
Lower
5.7%
16
No Opinion
2.9%
8
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
279
4

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

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Increased
31.9%
90
Same
38.7%
109
Decreased
27.7%
78
No Opinion
1.8%
5
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

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

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Increase
52.8%
149
Same
37.2%
105
Decrease
7.4%
21
No Opinion
2.5%
7
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

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 Total
Did move some operations
1.1%
3
Considered moving some operations
7.5%
21
Considered moving all operations
5.7%
16
Moved operations into Pennsylvania
0%
0
Didn't consider any moves
85.7%
239
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
279
3

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 Total
May move all operations
6.4%
18
May move some operations
7.1%
20
Not considering any moves
85.7%
240
May move operations INTO Pennsylvania
0.7%
2
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
280
3

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

 
Positive
Negative
No Opinion
Response Total
President George W. Bush
80% (224)
16% (45)

4% (12)

281
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan
73% (205)
9% (25)
18% (51)
281
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter
25% (70)
51% (144)

24% (67)

281
U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
65% (183)
15% (41)
20% (56)
280
Governor Ed Rendell
10% (29)
78% (217)
12% (34)
280
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
281
2

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

 
Positive
Negative
No Opinion
Response Total
US Senate
25% (69)
54% (149)
22% (60)
278
US House of Representatives
40% (111)
40% (110)
21% (57)
278
Pa Senate
26% (73)
46% (127)
28% (78)
278
Pa House of Representatives
27% (74)
46% (127)
28% (77)
278
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
278
5

11. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with Governor Ed Rendell's proposal to borrow $2 billion and spend the money on an economic development program for Pennsylvania?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Strongly Agree
3.2%
9
Somewhat Agree
25%
70
Somewhat Disagree
33.2%
93
Strongly Disagree
38.6%
108
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
280
3

12. Which do you think would be a better approach: Borrowing $2 billion through a bond issue and spending it on economic development projects OR lowering business taxes and cutting government regulation?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Borrowing/Spending on development projects
4.6%
13
Lower taxes/Fewer regulation
92.2%
259
No opinion/refused
3.2%
9
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
281
2

13. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with Governor Ed Rendell's proposal to shift funding for local school districts by cutting property taxes and replacing the revenue with tax proceeds from legalized gambling?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Strongly Agree
20.2%
57
Somewhat Agree
30.5%
86
Somewhat Disagree
11.7%
33
Strongly Disagree
32.6%
92
No Opinion/Refused
5%
14
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

14. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with a proposal currently before the General Assembly to cut property taxes, and cut the state sales tax to 4%, then make up the revenue by extending sales taxes to food and clothing?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Strongly Agree
18.8%
53
Somewhat Agree
36.5%
103
Somewhat Disagree
17.4%
49
Strongly Disagree
24.5%
69
No opinion/refused
2.8%
8
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

15. Do you expect property tax reform/relief to be enacted in Pennsylvania this year?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Yes
16%
45
No
78.7%
222
No opinion/refused
5.3%
15
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

16. Do you think a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania constitution to limit or cap medical malpractice awards goes TOO FAR, is a FAIR COMPROMISE, or should the cap on liability be EXTENDED TO OTHER PRODUCTS?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Medical malpractice cap goes too far
5.7%
16
Proposed medical malpractice cap is sufficient
13.8%
39
Cap should be extended to other products
69.1%
195
Don't know/Refused
11.3%
32
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

17. In the last six months have any employees of your company had difficulty obtaining medical care as a result of doctors closing their practice or cutting back on services as a result of medical malpractice insurance costs?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
YES
25.7%
72
NO
53.9%
151
Don't know/Refused
20.4%
57
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
280
3

18. Do you think the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been an economic benefit to the United States and should be kept in place, or has it harmed the U.S. economy and should it be repealed?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Benefit to U.S. Economy/Keep in Place
29.5%
83
Harmed U.S. Economy/ Repeal
34.9%
98
No opinion/Refused
35.6%
100
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
281
2

19. Generally speaking, do you agree with the philosophy of "free trade," or do you think tariffs are sometimes necessary?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Always for "free trade"
15.2%
43
Mostly "free trade"/Occasional tariffs
67.4%
190
Always for tariffs
11%
31
Don't know/Refused
6.4%
18
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

20. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that higher tariffs should be put into effect to protect the U.S. Steel industry from unfair foreign competition.

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Strongly agree
15.6%
44
Somewhat agree
33%
93
Somewhat disagree
22.7%
64
Strongly disagree
18.1%
51
No Opinion/Refused
10.6%
30
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

21. How big of an impact do you see labor unions as having on the legislative process in Pennsylvania?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Major Impact
45.7%
129
Moderate Impact
39.4%
111
Little Impact
9.6%
27
Don't know/refused
5.3%
15
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
282
1

22. Thinking of organized labor's involvement in the public policy process in Pennsylvania: Would you say unions have a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE impact on the state's business climate?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Very Positive
0.7%
2
Somewhat Positive
4.6%
13
Somewhat Negative
32.3%
91
Very Negative
57.1%
161
Don't Know/Refused
5.3%
15

Total Respondents
(skipped this question)

282
1

23. If you are a registered REPUBLICAN, and the Primary election for United States Senator were held today, would you vote for Arlen Spector or Pat Toomey?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Arlen Specter
26.1%
70
Pat Toomey
42.9%
115
Undecided
31%
83
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
268
15

24. If the election for PRESIDENT of the United States were held today, would you vote for GEORGE W. BUSH or JOHN F. KERRY?

 
Response Percent
Response Total
George W. Bush
80.4%
225
John F. Kerry
11.1%
31
Don't know/Refused
8.6%
24
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
280
3

25. Who do you think John Kerry will select as his Vice Presidential running mate?

 
Number
John Edwards
44.5
Don't Know
34
Hillary Clinton
25.5
Don't Care
16
Howard Dean
8
Ed Rendell
4
Dick Gephardt
4
General Wesley Clark
3
Bob Graham - Fla
2
John Dean
2
A big liberal
1
Tom Brokaw
1
Al Franken
1
John Mc Cain
1
Bob Graham
1
NA
1
Ralph Nader
1
Bozo the Clown
1
Satan
1
Hanoi Jane Fonda
1
Another Asshole
1
Lieberman
1
Al Gore
1
Mickey Mouse
1
Vilsek
1
Governor Richardson
1
Jim Panyard
1
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
160/123

26. General speaking, what do you think is the single most important problem/issue facing Pennsylvania today?

View all 236 responses.

Total Respondents 236 (skipped this question) 47

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

 
Response Percent
Response Total
Northwest PA
9.5%
27
Southwest PA
13.8%
39
Northcentral PA
11%
31
Altoona/Johnstown
2.8%
8
Southcentral/Harrisburg
18.4%
52
Southeastern PA
25.4%
72
Lehigh Valley
6%
17
Northeastern PA
13.1%
37
Total Respondents
(skipped this question)
283
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