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Spring 2010 Keystone Business Climate Survey

Response Summary

Total Started Survey: 95
Total Completed Survey: 92 (96.8%)

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
Better12.6%12
Same41.1%39
Worse43.2%41
No Opinion3.2%3
answered question 95
skipped question 0

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
Better24.5%23
Same39.4%37
Worse35.1%33
No Opinion1.1%1
answered question 94
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
Higher9.5%9
Same54.7%52
Lower31.6%30
No Opinion4.2%4
answered question 95
skipped 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
Percent
Response
Count
Higher8.6%8
Same74.2%69
Lower14.0%13
No Opinion3.2%3
answered question 93
skipped question 2

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

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Increased21.3%20
Same24.5%23
Decreased52.1%49
No Opinion2.1%2
answered question 94
skipped question 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
Count
Increase26.9%25
Same50.5%47
Decrease21.5%20
No Opinion1.1%1
answered question 93
skipped question 2

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 operations5.3%5
Considered moving some operations4.2%4
Considered moving all operations4.2%4
Moved operations into Pennsylvania0.0%0
Didn't consider any moves86.3%82
answered question 95
skipped question 0

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 operations4.2%4
May move some operations7.4%7
Not considering any moves88.4%84
May move operations INTO Pennsylvania0.0%0
answered question 95
skipped question 0

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 Obama13.7% (13)82.1% (78)4.2% (4)95
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke29.8% (28)45.7% (43)24.5% (23)94
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter10.6% (10)86.2% (81)3.2% (3)94
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.11.7% (11)72.3% (68)16.0% (15)94
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner10.5% (10)67.4% (64)22.1% (21)95
Governor Ed Rendell17.0% (16)75.5% (71)7.4% (7)94
Attorney General Tom Corbett47.4% (45)17.9% (17)34.7% (33)95
Auditor General Jack Wagner15.8% (15)11.6% (11)72.6% (69)95
State Treasurer Rob McCord7.4% (7)12.6% (12)80.0% (76)95
answered question   95
skipped question   0

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 Senate6.3% (6)91.6% (87)2.1% (2)95
United States House of Representatives5.3% (5)92.6% (88)2.1% (2)95
Pennsylvania Senate16.0% (15)70.2% (66)13.8% (13)94
Pennsylvania House of Representatives13.8% (13)73.4% (69)12.8% (12)94
answered question   95
skipped question   0

Section II: Issues

11. Governor Ed Rendell has proposed expanding the state sales tax to cover more categories, for example advertising, legal fees and accounting fees, as a way of raising more General Fund revenue. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with this approach?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY AGREE2.2%2
SOMEWHAT AGREE15.4%14
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE9.9%9
STRONGLY DISAGREE71.4%65
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.1%1
answered question 94
skipped question 1

12. Pennsylvania is once again facing a significant budget deficit, likely in the range of $2 to $3 billion dollars. Generally speaking, do you think this deficit should be closed by raising taxes, cutting spending, or a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
CUT SPENDING84.6.%77
RAISE TAXES0.0%0
COMBINATION OF TAX HIKES AND SPENDING CUTS14.3%13
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.1%1
answered question 91
skipped question 4

13. Among the options being considered to raise new tax revenue are additional taxes on companies drilling in the Marcellus shale reserve. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with imposing additional taxes on those companies?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY AGREE24.2%22
SOMEWHAT AGREE13.2%12
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE19.8%18
STRONGLY DISAGREE36.3%33
REFUSED/NO OPINION6.6%6
answered question 91
skipped question 4

14. To address the deficiency in the unemployment compensation fund, do you think the payroll tax should be expanded to apply to the first $12,000 in pay (currently the tax applies to the first $8,000)?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES23.1%21
NO69.2%63
REFUSED/NO OPINION7.7%7
answered question 91
skipped question 4

15. Would your FAVOR or OPPOSE the convening of a limited state constitutional convention which could make changes to the form of state government, but not touch individual rights?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY FAVOR25.3%23
SOMEWHAT FAVOR38.5%35
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE4.4%4
STRONGLY OPPOSE16.5%15
REFUSED/NO OPINION15.4%14
answered question 91
skipped question 4

16. 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 FAVOR83.3%75
SOMEWHAT FAVOR10.0%9
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE1.1%1
STRONGLY OPPOSE4.4%4
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.1%1
answered question 90
skipped question 5

17. If your employees were free to join or not to join a labor union, and individuals were able to negotiate their own contracts with their employer, would you:

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
PREFER TO NEGOTIATE ONLY WITH A BARGAINING UNIT6.7%6
PREFER TO NEGOTIATE WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL62.5%58
DOES NOT MATTER15.7%14
REFUSED/NO OPINION12.4%11
answered question 89
skipped question 6

18. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE the Employeee Free Choice Act, also known as "Card Check" which would eliminate a secret ballot when employees are voting on whether or not to unionize?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY FAVOR3.3%3
SOMEWHAT FAVOR0.0%0
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE4.4%4
STRONGLY OPPOSE84.6%77
REFUSED/NO OPINION7.7%7
answered question 91
skipped question 4

19. If the Employee Free Choice Act, or "Card Check" is approved by Congress, it would allow the organization of a union without a private ballot, create binding arbitration on businesses, and significantly increase penalities. What impact would that have on your business?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANT POSITIVE IMPACT0.0%0
MODERATE POSITIVE IMPACT1.1%1
NO IMPACT31.9%29
MODERATE NEGATIVE IMPACT23.1%21
SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE IMPACT44.0%40
answered question 91
skipped question 4

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

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES19.1%17
NO59.6%53
DON'T KNOW21.3%19
REFUSED/NO OPINION0.0%0
answered question 89
skipped question 6

21. 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
YES7.8%7
NO81.1%73
DON'T KNOW10.0%9
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.1%1
answered question 90
skipped question 5

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

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
LAY OFF EMPLOYEES40.9%27
REDUCE EMPLOYEE WORK HOURS54.5%36
CLOSE OR CONSOLIDATE FACILITIES9.1%6
REDUCE PRODUCT LINES16.7%11
RAISE PRICES30.3%20
CUT PRICES25.8%17
CLOSE YOUR BUSINESS3.0%2
Other (VIEW) 13
answered question 66
skipped question 29

23. What is your top business concern?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
ACCESS TO CREDIT4.9%4
LOST SALES42.0%34
TAXES19.8%16
COST OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE25.9%21
ENERGY COSTS7.4%6
Other (VIEW) 11
answered question 81
skipped question 14

24. How would you rate the record of Governor Ed Rendell and his Administration when it comes to improving Pennsylvania's business climate?

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
EXCELLENT2.2%2
GOOD5.5%5
FAIR19.8%18
POOR26.4%24
TERRIBLE42.9%39
REFUSED/NO OPINION3.3%3
answered question 91
skipped question 4

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

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
JACK WAGNER44.4%4
DAN ONORATO22.2%2 
ANTHONY WILLIAMS0.0%0 
JOE HOEFFEL33.3%3
Other (VIEW) 6
answered question 9
skipped question 86

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

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
TOM CORBETT67.2%43
SAM ROHRER32.8%21
Other (VIEW) 5
answered question 64
skipped question 31

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 SPECTER18.8%3
JOE SESTAK62.5%10
REFUSED/NO OPINION18.8%3
Other (VIEW) 1
answered question 16
skipped question 79

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 TOOMEY70.4%50
PEG LUKSIK9.9%7
REFUSED/NO OPINION19.7%14
answered question 71
skipped question 24

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

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Northwest PA12.1%11
Southwest PA16.5%15
Northcentral PA6.6%6
Altoona/Johnstown1.1%1
Southcentral/Harrisburg14.3%13
Southeastern PA39.6%36
Lehigh Valley5.5%5
Northeastern PA4.4%4
answered question 91
skipped question 4

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

 Response
Percent
Response
Count
OWNER73.0%65
CEO/COO/CFO16.9%15
STATE MANAGER0.0%0
LOCAL MANAGER5.6%5
NO ANSWER/REFUSED1.1%1
Other (VIEW)5.0%3
answered question 89
skipped question 6

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania