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2008 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey

Total Respondants: 203

Section 1. 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 5.9% 12
Same 34.5% 70
Worse 59.1% 120
No opinion 0.5% 1
Total Respondents     203
(skipped this 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
Total
Better 16.7% 34
Same 44.8% 91
Worse 35.5% 72
No opinion 3.0% 6
Total Respondents     203
(skipped this question)   0

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Higher 12.9% 26
Same 62.7% 126
Lower 21.9% 44
No Opinion 2.5% 5
Total Respondents     201
(skipped this question)   2

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 21.9% 44
Same 67.2% 135
Lower 9.0% 18
No opinion 2.0% 4
Total Respondents     201
(skipped this question)     2

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Increased 21.5% 43
Same 30.5% 61
Decreased 46.0% 92
No opinion 2.0% 4
Total Respondents     200
(skipped this question)     3

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
Increased 30.7% 61
Same 44.2% 88
Decreased 21.6% 43
No Opinon 3.5% 7
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

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 1.5% 3
Considered moving some operations 3.5% 7
Considered moving all operations 5.0% 10
Moved operations into Pennsylvania 0.0% 24
Didn't consider any moves 90.1% 182
Total Respondents     202
(skipped this question)     1

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 2.0% 4
May move some operations 5.1% 10
Not considering any moves 92.4% 183
May move operations INTO Pennsylvania 0.5% 1
Total Respondents     198
(skipped this question)     5

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 Count
President George W. Bush 44.5% (89) 46.0% (92) 9.5% (19) 200
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke 40.0% (80) 28.0% (56) 32.2% (64) 200
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter 30.3% (61) 51.7% (104) 17.9% (36) 201
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. 12.4% (25) 52.7% (106) 34.8% (70) 201
Governor Ed Rendell 15.0% (30) 77.0% (154) 8.0% (16) 200
Attorney General Tom Corbett 24.4% (49) 14.9% (30) 60.7% (122) 201
Auditor General Jack Wagner 13.1% (26) 11.1% (22) 75.9% (151) 199
Answered this question        201
(skipped this question)         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 Count
United States
Senate
9.4% (19) 73.3% (148) 17.3% (35) 202
United States
House of Representatives
9.4% (19) 74.3% (150) 16.3% (33) 22
Pennsylvania
Senate
19.9% (40) 57.2% (115) 22.9% (46) 201
Pennsylvania
House of Representatives
14.9% (30) 30.9% (123) 24.3% (49) 202
Answered this question        202
(skipped this question)         1

Section 2. Issues

11. Are you aware of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program that provides tax credits to businesses who contribute to an approved scholarship organization?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Aware 38.2% 76
Unaware 54.8% 109
Not sure 6.0% 12
Refused/No opinion 1.0% 2
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

12. Has your business participated in the Education Improvement Tax Credit program?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 8.0% 16
No 83.4% 166
Don't Know 7.0% 14
Refused/No opinion 1.5% 3
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

13. There is a bill pending before the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would mandate giving workers two specifically-timed breaks plus a specifically-timed meal break in each eight hour period. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE such a law?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Strongly favor 5.0% 10
Somewhat favor 10.1% 20
Somewhat oppose 21.1% 42
Strongly oppose 58.3% 116
Don't know 3.5% 7
Refused/No opinion 2.0% 4
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

14. If a law were passed mandating such periodic breaks would it have a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE impact on your business operations?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Strongly positive 1.0% 2
Somewhat positive 1.5% 3
No impact 29.6% 59
Somewhat negative 35.2% 70
Strongly negative 30.7% 61
Refused/No opinion 2.0% 4
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

15. As a result of the recent minimum wage increase in PA, have you had to take any specific action(s) such as: (Check all that apply.)

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Lay-off employees 6.2% 11
Cut hours of operation 2.8% 5
Cancel or postpone expansion plans 9.6% 17
Not hire new employees 17.4% 31
Not hire teens or inexperienced workers 20.2% 36
Raise prices 23.0% 41
Other 8.4% 15
Refused/No opinion 55.1% 98
Total Respondents     178
(skipped this question)     25

16. How would an automatic minimum wage COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment), tied to the Consumer Price Index, impact your business?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Lay-off employees 2.3% 3
Freeze hiring 9.2% 12
Reduce hours 7.7% 10
Raise prices 56.2% 73
Combination of the above 10.8% 14
No impace 1.5% 2
Refused/No opinion 0.0% 0
Other (Toggle View) 0.0% 0
Total Respondents     130
(skipped this question)     10

17. The Rendell Administration has funded a number of (non-building) programs by significantly increasing the state's debt level. Do you believe the state's level of borrowing is appropriate, or has it become excessive?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Very appropriate 0.5% 1
Somewhat appropriate 8.1% 16
Somewhat excessive 28.3% 56
Very excessive 46.5% 92
Don't know 11.6% 23
Refused/No opinion 4.0% 8
Other (Toggle View) 1.0% 2
Total Respondents     118
(skipped this question)     22

18. To what extent are rising gasoline or diesel fuel prices affecting your business?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Very much 60.7% 119
Somewhat 31.1% 61
Not very much 7.1% 14
Not at all 1.0% 2
Refused/No opinion 0.0% 0
Total Respondents     196
(skipped this question)     7

19. Do you think the U.S. economy is either currently in a recession or headed toward a recession?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Already in recession 46.7% 93
Headed toward recession 32.7% 65
Is not/Will not be in recession 12.6% 25
Don't know 7.5% 15
Refused/No opinion 0.5% 1
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

20. Now that slot machine gambling has been legalized in Pennsylvania, would you say that the potential economic benefits will outweigh the potential increase in crime and social problems, or will the problems outweigh the benefits?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Benefits outweigh problems 22.6% 45
Problems outweigh benefits 50.8% 101
Don't know 24.1% 48
Refused/No opinion 2.5% 5
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

21. There have been a number of high profile corruption cases involving legalized slot machine gambling in Pennsylvania. Do you think the current law enforcement system is adequate or should the law be changed to give the state Attorney General jurisdiction over such matters.

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Current law is adequate 12.6% 25
Give Attorney General oversight 54.3% 108
Don't Know 29.6% 59
Refused/No Opinion 3.5% 7
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

22. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE the placing of tolls on Interstate 80?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Strongly favor 5.0% 10
Somewhat favor 19.6% 39
Somewhat oppose 19.6% 39
Strongly oppose 47.2% 94
Refused/No opinion 8.5% 17
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

23. Governor Ed Rendell is proposing to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to private enterprise as a way of funding road and bridge repairs throughout the state. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE privatization of the Pennsylvania Turnpike?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Strongly favor 8.0% 16
Somewhat favor 23.1% 46
Somewhat oppose 12.6% 25
Strongly oppose 45.7% 91
Refused/No opinion 10.6% 21
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Northwest PA 10.1% 20
Southwest PA 16.1% 32
Northcentral PA 9.5% 19
Altoona/Johnstown 1.5% 3
Southcentral/Harrisburg 13.6% 27
Southeastern PA 33.7% 67
Lehigh Valley 3.0% 6
Northeastern PA 12.6% 25
Total Respondents     199
(skipped this question)     4

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Owner 37.1% 46
CEO/COO/CFO 12.9% 16
State Manager 4.0% 5
Local Manager 6.5% 8
No Answer/Refused 3.2% 4
Other (Toggle View) 0.8% 1
Total Respondents     124
(skipped this question)     16

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania