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Fall 2010 Keystone Business Climate Survey

Total Started Survey: 181
Total Completed Survey: 176  (97.2%)

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?

answered question   181
skipped question   0
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Better 16.6% 30
Same 39.8% 72
Worse 42.5% 77
No Opinion 1.1% 2

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

answered question   180
skipped question   1
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Better 26.7% 48
Same 38.3% 69
Worse 33.9% 61
No Opinion 1.1% 2

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

answered question   180
skipped question   1
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Higher 17.2% 31
Same 53.3% 96
Lower 29.4% 53
No Opinion 0.0% 0

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

answered question   180
skipped question   1
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Higher 18.3% 33
Same 63.9% 115
Lower 17.8% 32
No Opinion 0.0% 0

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

answered question   179
skipped question   2
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Increased 25.1% 45
Same 35.2% 63
Decreased 39.1% 70
No Opinion 0.6% 1

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

answered question   181
skipped question   0
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Increase 32.0% 58
Same 45.9% 83
Decrease 20.4% 37
No Opinion 1.7% 3

7. At any point in the PAST SIX MONTHS has your company considered moving all or part of its Pennsylvania operations to another state?

answered question   181
skipped question   0
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Did move some operations 2.8% 5
Considered moving some operations 8.8% 16
Considered moving all operations 3.9% 7
Moved operations into Pennsylvania 0.6% 1
Didn't consider any moves 84.0% 152

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?

answered question   179
skipped question   2
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
May move all operations 3.4% 6
May move some operations 14.0% 25
Not considering any moves 82.1% 147
May move operations INTO Pennsylvania 0.6% 1

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

answered question   181
skipped question   0
  Positive Negative No Opinion Response
Count
President Barack Obama 20.4% (37) 74.0% (134) 5.5% (10) 181
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke 32.2% (58) 45.0% (81) 22.8% (41) 180
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter 12.2% (22) 78.3% (141) 9.4% (17) 180
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. 16.3% (29) 62.4% (111) 21.3% (38) 178
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner 15.1% (27) 60.3% (108) 24.6% (44) 179
Governor Ed Rendell 18.3% (33) 74.4% (134) 7.2% (13) 180
Attorney General Tom Corbett 57.8% (104) 18.9% (34) 23.3% (42) 180
Auditor General Jack Wagner 21.2% (38) 17.3% (31) 61.5% (110) 179
State Treasurer Rob McCord 11.2% (20) 21.8% (39) 67.0% (120) 179

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

answered question   180
skipped question   1
  Positive Negative No Opinion Response
Count
United States Senate 6.1% (11) 89.9% (161) 3.9% (7) 179
United States House of Representatives 5.6% (10) 90.0% (162) 4.4% (8) 180
Pennsylvania Senate 16.8% (30) 72.1% (129) 11.2% (20) 179
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 10.6% (19) 76.5% (137) 12.8% (23) 179

Section II: Issues

1. Generally speaking, do you think the condition of roads and bridges in Pennsylvania are EXCELLENT, FAIR, POOR or TERRIBLE?

answered question   176
skipped question   5
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
EXCELLENT 1.1% 2
FAIR 43.2% 76
POOR 39.8% 70
TERRIBLE 15.3% 27
REFUSED/NO OPINION 0.6% 1

2. Would you be willing to pay higher gasoline taxes to fund improvements to Pennsylvania's roads and bridges?

answered question   176
skipped question   5
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 27.3% 48
NO 68.2% 120
REFUSED/NO OPINION 4.5% 8

3. Would you be willing to pay higher vehicle registration fees and/or higher driver license fees to help fund improvements to the state's roads and bridges.

answered question   175
skipped question   6
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 37.7% 66
NO 60.0% 105
REFUSED/NO OPINION 2.3% 4

4. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with President Obama's proposal to stimulate the economy by spending $50 billion on infrastructure improvements such as highways, airports, and railroads?

answered question   173
skipped question   8
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY AGREE 13.3% 23
SOMEWHAT AGREE 24.9% 43
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE 21.4% 37
STRONGLY DISAGREE 39.9% 69
REFUSED/NO OPINION 0.6% 1

5. Would you support President Obama's plan to spend $50 billion on infrastructure improvements such as roads, airports and railroads if the construction work were performed under Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that mandated the use of union only labor and excluded merit shop contractors?

answered question   175
skipped question   6
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT 0.0% 0
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT 8.6% 15
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE 10.3% 18
STRONGLY OPPOSE 78.9% 138
REFUSED/NO OPINION 2.3% 4

6. 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?

answered question   174
skipped question   7
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
STRONGLY AGREE 21.8% 38
SOMEWHAT AGREE 30.5% 53
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE 16.1% 28
STRONGLY DISAGREE 27.0% 47
REFUSED/NO OPINION 4.6% 8

7. Generally speaking, what letter grade would you give the quality of K-12 public education in your school district?

answered question   174
skipped question   7
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
A 9.8% 17
B 34.5% 60
C 26.4% 46
D 16.1% 28
F 6.3% 11
REFUSED/NO OPINION 6.9% 12

8. Thinking back over the past five years, would you say the quality of K-12 public education in your school district has IMPROVED, stayed ABOUT THE SAME, or gotten WORSE?

answered question   175
skipped question   6
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
IMPROVED 13.7% 24
STAYED ABOUT THE SAME 45.7% 80
GOTTEN WORSE 30.3% 53
REFUSED/NO OPINION 10.3% 18

9. Do you think state funding for K-12 public education in Pennsylvania is TOO LOW, ABOUT RIGHT, or TOO HIGH?

answered question   176
skipped question   5
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
TOO LOW 25.0% 44
ABOUT RIGHT 34.1% 60
TOO HIGH 24.4% 43
REFUSED/NO OPINION 16.5% 29

10. Over the past six months have you had to take any of the following actions to deal with the economic recession:

answered question   137
skipped question   44
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
LAY OFF EMPLOYEES 42.3% 58
REDUCE EMPLOYEE WORK HOURS 51.1% 70
CLOSE OR CONSOLIDATE FACILITIES 7.3% 10
REDUCE PRODUCT LINES 13.9% 19
RAISE PRICES 29.2% 40
CUT PRICES 36.5% 50
CLOSE YOUR BUSINESS 2.2% 3
Other (VIEW) 26

11. Do you find access to credit to be EASIER, about the SAME or MORE DIFFICULT than it was six months ago?

answered question   176
skipped question   5
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
EASIER 3.4% 6
ABOUT THE SAME 36.9% 65
MORE DIFFICULT 42.6% 75
DO NOT ACCESS CREDIT 13.1% 23
REFUSED/NO OPINION 4.0% 7
Other (VIEW) 3

12. Tax cuts enacted during the early years of the Bush Administration are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. Do you think the tax cuts should be extended?

answered question   176
skipped question   5
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES, EXTEND ALL THE BUSH TAX CUTS 68.2% 120
YES, EXTEND BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THOSE EARNING LESS THAN $250,000 21.0% 37
NO, DO NOT EXTEND THE BUSH TAX CUTS 8.5% 15
REFUSED/NO OPINION 2.3% 4

13. Do you think it is possible for the next Governor of Pennsylvania to balance the state budget without raising taxes?

answered question   176
skipped question   5
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES, BUDGET CAN BE BALANCED WITHOUT RAISING TAXES 75.0% 132
NO, BUDGET CANNOT BE BALANCED WITHOUT RAISING TAXES 21.6% 38
REFUSED/NO OPINION 3.4% 6

14. Do you believe the level of spending by state government affects Pennsylvania's business climate?

answered question   175
skipped question   6
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANT AFFECT 57.7% 101
MODERATE AFFECT 30.3% 53
NO AFFECT 9.1% 16
REFUSED/NO OPINION 2.9% 5

15. Do you plan to vote in the November 2nd General Election?

answered question   175
skipped question   6
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 94.3% 165
NOT SURE 4.0% 7
NO 1.1% 2
REFUSED/NO OPINION 0.6% 1

16. If the election for Governor of Pennsylvania were held today, would you vote for Democrat Dan Onorato or Republican Tom Corbett?

answered question   174
skipped question   7
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
DEMOCRAT DAN ONORATO 13.2% 23
REPUBICAN TOM CORBETT 70.1% 122
UNDECIDED 11.5% 20
REFUSED/NO OPINION 5.2% 9
Other (VIEW) 1

17. If the election for United States Senator were held today, would you vote for Democrat Joe Sestak or Republican Pat Toomey?

answered question   175
skipped question   6
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
DEMOCRAT JOE SESTAK 15.4% 27
REPUBLICAN PAT TOOMEY 68.0% 119
UNDECIDED 13.1% 23
REFUSED/NO OPINION 3.4% 6
Other (please specify) 0

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

answered question   174
skipped question   7
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Northwest PA 7.5% 13
Southwest PA 16.7% 29
Northcentral PA 8.0% 14
Altoona/Johnstown 2.9% 5
Southcentral/Harrisburg 21.8% 38
Southeastern PA 28.7% 50
Lehigh Valley 4.6% 8
Northeastern PA 9.8% 17

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

answered question   175
skipped question   6
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
OWNER 67.4% 118
CEO/COO/CFO 23.4% 41
STATE MANAGER 1.1% 2
LOCAL MANAGER 5.7% 10
NO ANSWER/REFUSED 2.3% 4
Other (please specify) 0.0% 0

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

answered question   48
skipped question   133
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Comments (VIEW) 26.5% 48

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