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2012 Republican Delegate Alternate Delegate Survey

by Lincoln Institute
 

Total Started Survey: 56

Total Finished Survey: 55 (98.2%)

Section I: FEDERAL LEVEL ISSUE QUESTIONS

1. With ONE being the LEAST important and FIVE being the MOST important; we would like to know how you rate the importance of the following issues:

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* stablishing a Full, Regular, and Independent Audit of the Federal Reserve

* education funding

* Protecting American sovereignty

* Currency Reform/ Ending the Federal Reserve Monopoly

* stopping the racial class divisions

* regulatory relief

* Reforms for current congress members (ie., healthcare for LIFE!)

* Removing Obama Care - 5

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Average

Response

Count

Economy1.9% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)5.8% (3)92.3% (48)4.8752
Development of Energy Resources3.9% (2)5.9% (3)11.8% (6)37.3% (19)41.2% (21)4.0651
Unemployment Rate0.0% (0)1.9% (1)5.8% (3)23.1% (12)69.2% (36)4.6052
War in Afghanistan3.8% (2)18.9% (10)39.6% (21)13.2% (7)24.5% (13)3.3653
Federal Budget Deficit1.9% (1)1.9% (1)5.6% (3)7.4% (4)83.3% (45)4.6954
Obamacare0.0% (0)0.0% (0)11.3% (6)15.1% (8)73.6% (39)4.6253
Medicare/Medicaid Reform0.0% (0)1.9% (1)15.1% (8)26.4% (14)56.6% (30)4.3853
Gay Marriage40.7% (22)18.5% (10)18.5% (10)9.3% (5)13.0% (7)2.3554
Global Warming69.8% (37)15.1% (8)11.3% (6)0.0% (0)3.8% (2)1.5353
Abortion17.0% (9)18.9% (10)22.6% (12)18.9% (10)22.6% (12)3.1153
Tax Cuts1.9% (1)3.8% (2)19.2% (10)25.0% (13)50.0% (26)4.1752
Social Security Reform0.0% (0)3.8% (2)15.1% (8)37.7% (20)43.4% (23)4.2153
Mortgage/Banking Crisis1.9% (1)5.8% (3)42.3% (22)23.1% (12)26.9% (14)3.6752
Gasoline Prices3.9% (2)15.7% (8)27.5% (14)15.7% (8)37.3% (19)3.6751
Federal Government Spending1.9% (1)1.9% (1)5.8% (3)3.8% (2)86.5% (45)4.7152
Illegal Immigration5.6% (3)20.4% (11)22.2% (12)20.4% (11)31.5% (17)3.5254
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2. Do you think the Obama Administration's foreign policies have made the United States more secure or less secure?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

MUCH MORE SECURE0.0%0
SOMEWHAT MORE SECURE1.9%1
ABOUT THE SAME9.3%5
SOMEWHAT LESS SECURE24.1%13
MUCH LESS SECURE64.8%35
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3. Do you think President Obama's handling of the War in Afghanistan is on the RIGHT TRACK or off on the WRONG TRACK?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

RIGHT TRACK8.0%4
WRONG TRACK92.0%46
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4. Do you think the United States should intervent militarily in Syria?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

YES27.7%13
NO72.3%34
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5. Do you think the United States should intervene militarily to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

YES60.8%31
NO39.2%20
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6. Generally speaking, do you feel that the U.S. Economy is on the right track, or is it off in the wrong direction?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

RIGHT TRACK0.0%0
WRONG DIRECTION100.0%53
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7. Who is to blame for the nation's current economic ills? (Check all that apply)


Response

Percent

Response

Count

PRESIDENT OBAMA92.6%50
PRESIDENT BUSH25.9%14
FEDERAL RESERVE59.3%32
CONGRESS61.1%33
CORPORATE AMERICA22.2%12
INVESTORS3.7%2
CONSUMERS13.0%7
Other Responses

* Anyone who contributes to the same borrowing from a private bank to pay for public things -- we will never be out of our deficit until we remove the central bank from its place of power

* ITs the Spending Stupid!

* Americans whose priority is self-interest

* Economic transformation to an information based global economy

7.4%4
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8. When it comes to the Bush-era tax rates (cuts) do you favor:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

Make Bush Tax Rates Permanent for all Americans70.4%38
Make Bush Tax Rates Permanent for Families Earning Under $250,000 Per Year9.3%5
Temporarily Extend the Bush Tax Rates for All Americans13.0%7
Temporarily Extend the Bush Tax Rates for Families Earning Under $250,000 Per Year3.7%2
Reinstate the Pre-Bush Higher Rates for All Americans3.7%2
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9. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE extending the Obama cuts in the payroll (Social Security) tax rate?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR26.1%12
SOMEWHAT FAVOR21.7%10
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE23.9%11
STRONGLY OPPOSE28.3%13
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10. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE cutting tax rates on Capital Gains?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT67.9%36
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT15.1%8
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE9.4%5
STRONGLY OPPOSE7.5%4
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11. When it comes to the estate or "death tax" do you favor:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

ELIMINATING THE ESTATE TAX ENTIRELY88.9%48
CUTTING THE ESTATE TAX RATE7.4%4
MAINTAINING CURRENT ESTATE RATES1.9%1
RAISING THE RATE ON THE ESTATE TAX1.9%1
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12. Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE lowering personal income tax rates as a means of stimulating economic growth?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT64.8%35
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT27.8%15
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE3.7%2
STRONGLY OPPOSE3.7%2
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13. Which approach would you take toward balancing the federal budget?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

RAISE TAXES ONLY0.0%0
COMBINATION OF TAX HIKES/SPENDING CUTS25.9%14
SPENDING CUTS ONLY74.1%40
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14. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose free trade policies (such as NAFTA or CAFTA)?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR20.8%11
SOMEWHAT FAVOR37.7%20
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE18.9%10
STRONGLY OPPOSE22.6%12
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15. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE raising the U.S. Government debt ceiling?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR1.9%1
SOMEWHAT FAVOR1.9%1
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE35.2%19
STRONGLY OPPOSE61.1%33
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16. What do you see as the solution to America's oil energy needs? (Check all that apply.)


Response

Percent

Response

Count

More Domestic Drilling87.0%47
Development of Alternate Fuels50.0%27
Importing More Foreign Oil1.9%1
Conservation37.0%20
Other Responses

* Free market solutions -- get government OUT OF THE WAY

* Get government out of Energy Policy let market run free and unencumbered

* offer more programs to convert from oil to gas

* Get the government out of the way, FREE MARKETS!

* Increase Refining Capacity, replace old refineries

* Build the Oil Pipeline

* Energy deregulation

* Deregulate

14.8%8
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17. Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE term limits on Members of Congress?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT33.3%18
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT37.0%20
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE18.5%10
STRONGLY OPPOSE11.1%6
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18. Do you believe the Federal government is primarily an adversarial force when it comes to helping solve problems, or is the Federal government a positive force in helping people.


Response

Percent

Response

Count

POSITIVE FORCE11.5%6
ADVERSARIAL FORCE90.4%47
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19. Do you believe "global warming" is an accurate environmental assessment, or a greatly overblown issue?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

ACCURATE ASSESSMENT3.8%2
GREATLY OVERBLOWN96.2%50
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20. Do you believe in "natural rights," that our basic rights as Americans are God-given; or are our rights granted to us by government?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

RIGHTS ARE GOD-GIVEN98.1%52
RIGHTS ARE GRANTED BY GOVERNMENT1.9%1
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21. Do you think Social Security will be around for the next generations of Americans or will it go bankrupt?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

YES, WITHOUT CHANGE IT WILL BE AROUND1.9%1
YES, WITH SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IT WILL BE AROUND67.9%36
NO, IT'S HEADED TOWARD BANKRUPTCY34.0%18
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22. Do you think younger Americans should be allowed to invest a portion of their Social Security funds in personal savings accounts outside of the current Social Security system?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

YES100.0%54
NO0.0%0
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23. Do you think federal earmarks, specific spending directed by Members of Congress, are an appropriate way for Congress to spend tax money or wasteful spending?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

APPROPRIATE WAY22.6%12
WASTEFUL SPENDING81.1%43
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Page: Section II: STATE LEVEL ISSUE QUESTIONS

1. Do you feel the property tax-based system currently utilized by school districts, local and county governments to fund services is fair and equitable to most segments of your community?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

FAIR29.4%15
UNFAIR70.6%36
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2. Would you favor or oppose replacing property/real estate taxes with:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

HIGHER STATE SALES TAX RATE13.2%5
MORE BROAD BASED STATE SALES TAX AT THE CURRENT RATE50.0%19
LOCAL SALES TAX18.4%7
LOCAL EARNED INCOME TAXES2.6%1
COMBINATION LOCAL SALES/EARNED INCOME TAX26.3%10
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3. Generally speaking, do you feel PERSONAL STATE INCOME TAXES are too high, about right, too low?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

TOO HIGH57.7%30
ABOUT RIGHT38.5%20
TOO LOW5.8%3
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4. Generally speaking, do you feel STATE BUSINESS TAXES are too high, about right, too low?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

TOO HIGH92.0%46
ABOUT RIGHT8.0%4
TOO LOW0.0%0
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5. When it comes to economic development, do you think the state should borrow money to help finance select business ventures, or should the state cut business taxes and regulations?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

BORROW AND FINANCE3.9%2
CUT TAXES/REGULATIONS96.1%49
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6. Do you feel vouchers or grants should be made available to students who wish to attend a PUBLIC school in a district other than their own?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

YES86.0%43
NO16.0%8
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7. Generally speaking do you feel Corbett Administration cuts to K-12 public education are:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

TOO DEEP16.7%8
ABOUT RIGHT64.6%31
NOT DEEP ENOUGH18.8%9
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8. When it comes to the state's GENERAL FUND budget, would you say spending is:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

TOO HIGH62.7%32
ABOUT RIGHT35.3%18
TOO LOW2.0%1
answered question51
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9. Would you favor an increase in the State's Gas Tax as a way to help pay for more infrastructure costs?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

YES25.0%13
NO75.0%39
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10. Would you FAVOR or OPPOSE an increase in vehicle registration and/or driver license fees to help fund road and bridge improvements?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR7.7%4
SOMEWHAT FAVOR32.7%17
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE26.9%14
STRONGLY OPPOSE32.7%17
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11. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania currently is in debt in the amount of $110 billion dollars, or about $9,000 for every citizen of the state. Do you think this too much, about the right amount, or not enough debt?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

TOO MUCH96.1%49
ABOUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT3.9%2
NOT ENOUGH0.0%0
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12. Some states within the nation have a RIGHT TO WORK law, which means that a worker cannot be fired or kept from having a job for either joining or not joining a union. Do you favor or oppose such a law in Pennsylvania?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR80.4%41
SOMEWHAT FAVOR15.7%8
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE2.0%1
STRONGLY OPPOSE2.0%1
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13. Do you support or oppose a ban on public school teachers strikes?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT60.8%31
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT19.6%10
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE11.8%6
STRONGLY SUPPORT7.8%4
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14. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE privatizing the state's liquor store system?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR84.3%43
SOMEWHAT FAVOR15.7%8
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE0.0%0
STRONGLY OPPOSE0.0%0
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15. PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF - ARE YOU:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

VERY CONSERVATIVE57.7%30
SOMEWHAT CONSERVATIVE44.2%23
MODERATE1.9%1
SOMEWHAT LIBERAL0.0%0
VERY LIBERAL0.0%0
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16. GENDER:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

MALE67.3%35
FEMALE32.7%17
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17. AGE:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

18-305.9%3
30-5041.2%21
50-6527.5%14
OVER 6525.5%13
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18. Please feel free to share with us any comments you might have on federal and/or state policy issues:


Response

Count

Other Responses

* As a Republican I am totally disgusted by Governor Corbett's performance

* state should spend more on education,then prisons.

* government is too big

* Fundamental federal tax reform is critical to grow the economy.

* The state should do more to crack down on illegal immigrants. Photo I.D. is a very good and necessary law.

* The Federal and state governments should cut all their spending levels by 50%. The Federal government needs to get out of Iraq, Afganistan, and Korea, Germany and the 700 other locations they have around the world. Stop the 6 trillion dollars we have wasted on foreign wars. End NAFTA, CAFTA, and all other "Free Trade Agreements" and allow commerce between countries to be unencumbered by government. This includes ending embargoes on Iran, Syria, and Cuba which just hurt the civilians. Cut corporate welfare such as farm subsidies, the Auto Bailout, Bank Bailout, Fannie and Freddie, and a whole host of other programs that help favored businesses at the expense of the small businessman. Also, shut down Homeland Security as it does nothing to protect our citizens and wastes billions a year suppressing our rights.

* We need reform of the government structures at all levels in PA. The system is antiquated and byzantine. Even conservatives here do not see that with all the thousands of small units of government it all adds up to a monstrous and expensive BIG BLOB of government. We need consolidation of county and municipal services and elimination of administrative layers. Conservatives should be making the case for modernization and efficiencies rather than protecting political offices. Too many jurisdictions and overlapping layers! Create county-wide school systems, eliminate wasteful and unnecessary row offices, downsize the legislature and make it part-time!!!

* Many questions in this survey are too "black" or "white". Need option that is "grey".

* Citizens need a break from high taxes, esp. school taxes--less regulations taxes for small businesses--less governmental intrusion into everything. Make ALL citizens pay some taxes into the system streamline the freebie money programs that fund generations of families!

* Our government is headed in the wrong direction and partisan politics are not helping. The first fix would be to pass a complete audit of the Federal Reserve - and in doing so lay bare the wrong doing of the central banking system which would lead to the central bank being dismantled. In place of that, competing currencies - think Greenbacks, gold, silver, etc, will spring up and commerce will continue - albeit without overhead debt and inflation/deflation and without the artificial bubbles which are currently created by the central bank. After we fix the financial crisis, we must the tackle the tough job of getting back on track by following the rest of the Constitution - we need Congress to halt any new law making and they must go back through the millions of laws they have enacted and the layers upon layers of bureaucracy which they have created and strip back and cleanse the government of all unConstitutional parts. Without those 2 parts, America as we know it, as we like to think about it will be over. It will be a new America where the people are slaves to their government and the central banking which drives it. It will be a new America that continues its nation building and war mongering overseas until the whole world is once again brought into a war that only benefits the bankers who continue to fund the entire machine. All hope is not yet lost, however we are at a critical turning point, one that must be taken seriously if we are ever to have back the land of the free.

* Government is too damned big, too many rules and regulations dear tax man and regulator -- let my people go

* Regarding Education, no unionization should be allowed in taxpayer funded employment. Any budget increases should apprvoed via referendum.

* Some questions are overly simplistic but that be unavoidable.

* Question # 2 asks 'favor or oppose' but answers do not give us a choice.

* The federal tax code needs a complete overhaul. The public employee unions should be disbanded. Seniors should have their RE taxes capped at the level thay are when they reach normal retirement age (primary residence only). Defined Benifit plans for public employees should be frozen and replaced with defined contribution plans.

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