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Fall 2005 Keystone Business Climate Survey

Total Respondents: 206


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 %
Total
Better
10.7%

22

Same
44.9%
92
Worse
43.9%
90
No Opinion
0.5%
1
Total Respondents
205
(skipped this question)
1

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

 
Response %
Total
Better
11.2%
23
Same
41.5%
85
Worse
46.3%
95
No Opinion
1%
2
Total Respondents
205
(skipped this question)
1

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

 
Response %
Total
Higher
14.6%
30
Same
58.7%
121
Lower
25.2%
52
No Opinion
1.5%
3
Total Respondents
206
(skipped this question)
0

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

 
Response %
Total
Higher
16.1%
33
Same
69.3%
142
Lower
13.2%
27
No Opinion
1.5%
3
Total Respondents
205
(skipped this question)
1

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

 
Response %
Total
Increased
32.2%
66
Same
40%
82
Decreased
26.8%
55
No Opinion
1%
2
Total Respondents
205
(skipped this question)
1

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

 
Response %
Total
Increase
29.3%
60
Same
50.2%
103
Decrease
18%
37
No Opinion
2.4%
5
Total Respondents
205
(skipped this question)
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 %
Total
Did move some operations
2.5%
5
Considered moving some operations
4.9%
10
Considered moving all operations
10.8%
22
Moved operations into Pennsylvania
0.5%
1
Didn't consider any moves
81.4%
166
Total Respondents
204
(skipped this question)
2

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 %
Total
May move all operations
6.4%
13
May move some operations
8.8%
18
Not considering any moves
84.8%
173
May move operations INTO Pennsylvania
0%
0
Total Respondents
204
(skipped this question)
2

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

 
Positive
Negative
No Opinion
Total
President George W. Bush
68% (140)
28% (57)
4% (8)
205
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan
59% (121)
18% (37)
23% (46)
204
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter
34% (69)
42% (86)
24% (50)
205
U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
56% (114)
23% (46)
21% (43)
203
Governor Ed Rendell
8% (16)
80% (165)
12% (24)
205
State Treasurer Bob Casey, Jr.
13% (26)
32% (66)
55% (112)
204
Attorney General Tom Corbett
19% (38)
9% (19)
72% (147)
204
Auditor General Jack Wagner
8% (16)
9% (19)
83% (169)
204
Total Respondents
204
(skipped this question)
1

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

 
Positive
Negative
No Opinion
Total
United States Senate
22% (46)
62% (127)
16% (32)
205
United States House of Representatives
31% (64)
55% (112)
14% (29)
205
Pennsylvania Senate
9% (18)
72% (148)
19% (39)
205
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
11% (22)
71% (145)
18% (37)
204
Total Respondents
204
(skipped this question)
1

2. Section II: Issues

11. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with the recent legislative pay raise?

 
Response %
Total
Strongly Agree
1.5%
3
Somewhat Agree
6.7%
13
Somewhat Disagree
18.5%
36
Strongly Disagree
73.3%
143
Total Respondents
195
(skipped this question)
10

12. Do you think the pay raise should be rescinded?

 
Response %
Total
YES
83.3%
165
NO
9.6%
19
NO OPINION
7.1%
14
Total Respondents
198
(skipped this question)
7

13. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with the practice of legislators taking a defacto pay raise during their terms of office through the use of "unvouchered expenses"?

 
Response %
Total
Strongly Agree
0%
0

Somewhat Agree
0%
0
Somewhat Disagree
8.2%
16
Strongly Disagree
88.7%
173
No Opinion/Refused
3.1%
6
Total Respondents
195
(skipped this question)
10

14. Do you expect the pay raise to be a major issue in next year's gubernatorial and legislative elections?

 
Response %
Total
YES
81.8%
162
NO
12.1%
24
NO OPINION/REFUSED
6.1%
12
Total Respondents
198
(skipped this question)
7

15. Do you expect to see more incumbent legislators than usual losing their re-election bids as a result of the pay raise?

 

Response %

Total
YES
62.6%
124
NO
12.6%
25
DON'T KNOW
23.2%
46
REFUSED/NO OPINION
1.5%
3
Total Respondents
198
(skipped this question)
7

16. Do you think the size of the General Assembly, IE: the number of legislators, should be significantly reduced?

 
Response %
Total
YES
57.6%
114
NO
14.1%
28
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED
28.3%
56
Total Respondents
198
(skipped this question)
7

17. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that a state Constitutional Convention should be held to consider fundamental changes in the structure of state government?

 
Response %
Total
Strongly Agree
41.1%
78
Somewhat Agree
43.2%
82
Somewhat Disagree
12.1%
23
Strongly Disagree
3.7%
7
Total Respondents
190
(skipped this question)
15

18. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with a proposal currently before the General Assembly that would eliminate school district property taxes and reduce the state sales tax, then make up the revenue by extending sales taxes to food and clothing?

 
Response %
Total
Strongly Agree
34.8%
69
Somewhat Agree
26.8%
53
Somewhat Disagree
12.1%
24
Strongly Disagree
16.2%
32
No opinion/refused
10.1%
20
Total Respondents
198
(skipped this question)
7

19. Most school districts in Pennsylvania oped not to participate in a tax reform plan that would lower property taxes and replace the revenue with proceeds from the new tax on slot machines. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that the issue should be put before voters in each school district via referendum?

 
Response %
Total
Strongly Agree
47.4%
92
Somewhat Agree
24.7%
48
Somewhat Disagree
12.9%
25
Strongly Disagree
14.9%
29
Total Respondents
194
(skipped this question)
11

20. If the election for United States Senator from Pennsylvania were held today, would you vote for Republican Rick Santorum or Democrat Bob Casey, Jr.?

 
Response %
Total
Rick Santorum
66.2%
131
Bob Casey, Jr.
16.7%
33
No Opinion/Refused
17.2%
34
Total Respondents
198
(skipped this question)
7

21. If you are a registered REPUBLICAN, and the Primary election for Governor of Pennsylvania were held today, would you vote for:

 
Response %
Total
Jeff Piccola
6.4%
12
Bill Scranton
13.9%
26
Lynn Swann
24.6%
46
Jim Panyard
1.6%
3
No Opinion/Refused
53.5%
100
Total Respondents
187
(skipped this question)
18

22. Generally speaking, do you think things in Pennsylvania are headed in the right direction, or are they seriously off track?

 
Response %
Total
RIGHT DIRECTION
8.2%
16
WRONG TRACK
71.8%
140
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED
20%
39
Total Respondents
195
(skipped this question)
10

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

 
Response %
Total
Total Respondents Responses
150
(skipped this question)  
55

24. In what part of Pennsylvania is your business located?
Response % Total

 
Response %
Total
Northwest PA
11.2%
22
Southwest PA
16.2%
32
Northcentral PA
9.6%
19
Altoona/Johnstown
5.6%
11
Southcentral/Harrisburg
18.3%
36
Southeastern PA
23.4%
46
Lehigh Valley
5.6%
11
Northeastern PA
10.2%
20
Total Respondents
197
(skipped this question)
8

25. Please suggest to us questions you would like to see appear on our Spring 2006 survey.

 
Response %
Total
Total Respondents Responses
35
(skipped this question)  
170


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