SOUTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA SURVEY
Regional Renaissance Tax and Education Issues

 1.) You will be asked to vote for a sales tax increase to fund new sports stadiums and other facilities. Are you aware of the proposed tax increase?

96% YES
4% NO

1% DON'T KNOW

2.) If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no to raise the state sales tax to help pay for sports stadiums and other facilities?

22% YES
64% NO
14% DON'T KNOW
1% REFUSED

3.) Do you favor or oppose a permanent regional authority with a non-elected Board of Directors to control the tax revenue which is collected?

28% FAVOR
45% OPPOSE
27% DON'T KNOW

4.) If the sales tax increase is approved, do you believe the increase will be temporary, as is proposed, or do you think it will become permanent?

14% TEMPORARY
82% PERMANENT
4% DON'T KNOW

5.) Do you believe Pennsylvania should sell state liquor stores to private enterprise to help finance the construction of sports stadiums?

37% YES
52% NO
10% DON'T KNOW 

6.) Do you think the Pirates baseball team will leave Pittsburgh if a new baseball only stadium is not built?

31% YES
43% NO
26% DON'T KNOW
1% REFUSED

7.) Do you think the Steelers football team will leave Pittsburgh if a new stadium is not built to replace Three Rivers Stadium?

15% YES
67% NO
16% DON'T KNOW
2% REFUSED

8.) Generally speaking, do you think sports stadiums should be paid for with public money or should they be financed privately?

9% PUBLIC
79% PRIVATE
11% DON'T KNOW

9.) Would you vote yes or no to approve the Homestead Amendment, which would allow business and residential properties to be taxes at different rates?

43% YES
24% NO
33% DON'T KNOW

10.) Do you think the property tax system currently utilized by school districts and local municipalities is fair to most segments of your community?

32% YES
58% NO
10% DON'T KNOW 

11.) Would you favor or oppose replacing property taxes with a local earned income tax?

47% FAVOR
29% OPPOSE
24% DON'T KNOW

12.) Would you favor or oppose replacing property taxes with a local sales tax?

34% FAVOR
48% OPPOSE
18% DON'T KNOW

13.) If local property taxes had to be replaced by another tax, would you favor a local earned income tax or a local sales tax?

37% INCOME
39% SALES
4% COMBINATION
18% DON'T KNOW
2% REFUSED 

14.) Do you think state government should pay a greater share of public education costs?

70% YES
22% NO
8% DON'T KNOW

15.) Do you believe teachers salaries are too high, about right or low?

43% TOO HIGH
43% ABOUT RIGHT
8% TOO LOW

16.) Do you think too much, about the right amount or not enough money is presently being spent on public education in Pennsylvania today?

14% TOO MUCH
28% ABOUT RIGHT
44% NOT ENOUGH
14% DON'T KNOW 

17.) Do you favor or oppose requiring non-profit charitable organizations to pay property taxes?

39% FAVOR
54% OPPOSE
7% DON'T KNOW

18.) Do you favor/oppose the concept of school choice which would give parents the right to send their children to the public school of their choice?

65% FAVOR
29% OPPOSE
6% DON'T KNOW 

19.) Do you favor/oppose a school choice plan that would allow parents to send their children to the public or PRIVATE school of their choice?

64% FAVOR
31% OPPOSE
6% DON'T KNOW

20.) Would you favor/oppose a school choice plan which would allow children to go to the public, private or RELIGIOUS PAROCHIAL school or their choice?

69% FAVOR
27% OPPOSE
5% DON'T KNOW

21.) Do you believe public schools should adopt a clear set of standards which must be met for students to advance from grade to grade?

88% YES
8% NO
4% DON'T KNOW

22.) Do you think a clear set of academic standards would improve educational performance?

86% YES
8% NO
6% DON'T KNOW


The Lincoln Institute's survey of voter attitudes in southwestern Pennsylvania was conducted October 15 and 16, 1997 by Precision Market, Inc. of Easton, Pennsylvania. A total of 226 voters were surveyed in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.