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of Public Opinion Research, Inc.

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Harrisburg, PA 17112

Phone: (717) 671-0776
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2017 Spring Business Climate Survey

Response Summary


by Lincoln Institute
 

Respondents: 325 of 325

Section I: Issues

1 The 2017-2018 state budget faces a nearly $3 billion shortfall. To close that budget gap should legislators and the governor:


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

CUT SPENDING66.77%215
ENACT BROAD-BASED TAX HIKES

(Sales, Personal Income Tax)

1.86%6
ENACT TARGETED TAX HIKES

(Severance Tax, Specific Services, etc.)

4.97%16
COMBINATION OF SPENDING CUTS AND TAX HIKES25.16%81
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.24%4
Answered322
Skipped3

2 Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that Pennsylvania should legalize on-line gaming as a means of generating additional tax revenue?


STRONGLY AGREE10.28%33
SOMEWHAT AGREE30.84%99
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE17.45%56
STRONGLY DISAGREE38.01%122
REFUSED/NO OPINION3.43%11
Answered321
Skipped4

3 Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with state government charging municipalities that do not have a local police force a per capita fee for state police protection?


STRONGLY AGREE37.27%120
SOMEWHAT AGREE31.06%100
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE14.29%46
STRONGLY DISAGREE14.29%46
REFUSED/NO OPINION3.11%10
Answered322
Skipped3

4 Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that state government should enact targeted business taxes such as a severance tax on natural gas drillers, expanding sales taxes to cover accounting and legal services, etc.


STRONGLY AGREE9.01%29
SOMEWHAT AGREE20.50%66
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE18.63%60
STRONGLY DISAGREE48.14%155
REFUSED/NO OPINION3.73%12
Answered322
Skipped3

5 Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should legalize marijuana for recreational use and apply a tax to the product to help balance the state budget?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY AGREE23.60%76
SOMEWHAT AGREE23.60%76
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE8.07%26
STRONGLY DISAGREE40.99%132
REFUSED/NO OPINION3.73%12
Answered322
Skipped3

6 Given the decline in gasoline prices in recent years to you AGREE or DISAGREE that state government should reduce its transportation subsidies to local school districts, even if that means an increase in local real estate (property) taxes?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY AGREE10.31%33
SOMEWHAT AGREE16.88%54
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE28.44%91
STRONGLY DISAGREE35.94%115
REFUSED/NO OPINION8.44%27
Answered320
Skipped5

7 Question Withdrawn

8 Does the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's unfunded pension liabilities in any way alter plans you might have to further invest/expand your business in this state?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

YES33.33%107
NO48.91%157
REFUSED/NO OPINION17.76%57
Answered321
Skipped4

9 Pennsylvania has an abundant supply of natural gas, but additional pipelines are needed to get that gas to market. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that this resource should be developed and more pipelines built?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY AGREE61.68%198
SOMEWHAT AGREE27.10%87
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE3.12%10
STRONGLY DISAGREE7.17%23
REFUSED/NO OPINION0.93%3
Answered321
Skipped4

10 Would your business benefit from more/easier access to natural gas products?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

MAJOR BENEFIT12.77%41
SOMEWHAT BENEFIT28.04%90
WE UTILIZE NATURAL GAS, BUT NO BENEFIT23.68%76
WE DO NOT UTILIZE NATURAL GAS, SO NO BENEFIT33.96%109
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.56%5
Answered321
Skipped4

11 Does your business rely on skilled tradesmen (carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc.)?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

YES51.86%167
NO47.20%152
REFUSED/NO OPINION0.93%3
Answered322
Skipped3

12 If you answered "YES" to the previous question, has a lack of available skilled tradesmen impacted your ability to expand your business?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

YES42.68%102
NO33.05%79
REFUSED/NO OPINION24.27%58
Answered239
Skipped86

13 Does the prospect of significant reform to the federal tax code make your MORE or LESS optimistic about the future for your business?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

SIGNIFICANT MORE OPTOMISTIC29.91%96
SOMEWHAT MORE OPTOMISTIC44.24%142
SOMEWHAT MORE PESSIMISTIC10.90%35
SIGNIFICANTLY MORE PESSIMISTIC6.54%21
REFUSED/NO OPINION8.41%27
Answered321
Skipped4

14 When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, do you favor:


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

COMPLETE REPEAL AND REPLACE62.42%201
TARGETED CHANGES TO SECTIONS THE LAW33.23%107
NO CHANGE AT ALL2.48%8
REFUSED/NO OPINION1.86%6
Answered322
Skipped3

Section II: Business Climate

15 In general, do you think business conditions in Pennsylvania are better, the same, or worse than they were SIX MONTHS AGO?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Better26.60%83
Same50.32%157
Worse19.55%61
No Opinion3.53%11
Answered312
Skipped13

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


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Better35.67%112
Same41.72%131
Worse18.15%57
No Opinion4.46%14
Answered314
Skipped11

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


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Higher17.25%54
Same65.50%205
Lower15.34%48
No Opinion1.92%6
Answered313
Skipped12

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


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Higher27.56%86
Same67.31%210
Lower4.17%13
No Opinion0.96%3
Answered312
Skipped13

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


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Increased26.60%83
Same48.72%152
Decreased24.36%76
No Opinion0.32%1
Answered312
Skipped13

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


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Increase47.10%146
Same43.87%136
Decrease8.71%27
No Opinion0.32%1
Answered310
Skipped15

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


IndividualsPositiveNegativeNo OpinionResponse

Count

President Donald J. Trump69.55%

217

23.08%

72

7.37%

23

312
Fed Chairman Janet Yellen36.13%

112

24.19%

75

39.68%

123

310
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey52.41%

163

28.30%

88

19.29%

60

311
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.21.22%

66

58.84%

183

19.94%

62

311
U.S. Treasury Steven Mnuchin25.97%

80

12.99%

40

61.04%

188

308
Governor Tom Wolf16.40%

51

75.56%

235

8.04%

25

311
Attorney General Josh Shapiro17.74%

55

18.71%

58

63.55%

197

310
Auditor General Eugene Depasquale20.32%

63

11.94%

37

67.74%

210

310
State Treasurer Joe Torsella11.07%

34

12.38%

38

76.55%

235

307
Answered313
Skipped12

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


InstitutionsPositiveNegativeNo OpinionResponse

Count

United States Senate22.48%

69

67.75%

208

9.77%

30

307
United States House of Representatives24.76%

76

68.40%

210

6.84%

21

307
Pennsylvania Senate29.64%

91

54.72%

168

15.64%

48

307
Pennsylvania House of Representatives32.25%

99

52.44%

161

15.31%

47

307
Answered307
Skipped18

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


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

OWNER82.32%256
CEO/COO/CFO13.50%42
STATE MANAGER0.64%2
LOCAL MANAGER1.61%5
NO ANSWER/REFUSED0.00%0
Other1.93%6
Answered311
Skipped14

24 In what part of Pennsylvania is your business located?


Answer ChoicesResponse

Percent

Response

Count

Northwest PA9.39%29
Southwest PA17.48%54
Northcentral PA11.97%37
Altoona/Johnstown3.24%10
Southcentral/Harrisburg18.77%58
Southeastern PA25.57%79
Lehigh Valley3.24%10
Northeastern PA10.36%32
Answered309
Skipped16