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2012 Democratic Delegate Alternate Survey

by Lincoln Institute
 

2012 Democratic Delegate Alternate Survey

Total Started Survey: 50

Total Finished Survey: 39

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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* Infrastructure

* Growing income disparity

* Campaign Finance Reform

* Infrastructure funding

* foreign policy in general

* Military, Veteran, and Military familie's issues

* Defense spending to reduce the deficit

* I approve of the Affordable Health Care Act!

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Average

Response

Count

Economy6.3% (3)2.1% (1)8.3% (4)20.8% (10)62.5% (30)4.3148
Development of Energy Resources12.8% (6)10.6% (5)19.1% (9)29.8% (14)27.7% (13)3.4947
Unemployment Rate6.3% (3)4.2% (2)16.7% (8)35.4% (17)37.5% (18)3.9448
War in Afghanistan13.0% (6)21.7% (10)32.6% (15)17.4% (8)15.2% (7)3.0046
Federal Budget Deficit10.4% (5)16.7% (8)22.9% (11)22.9% (11)27.1% (13)3.4048
Obamacare10.4% (5)2.1% (1)12.5% (6)27.1% (13)47.9% (23)4.0048
Medicare/Medicaid Reform6.3% (3)16.7% (8)31.3% (15)27.1% (13)18.8% (9)3.3548
Gay Marriage19.1% (9)17.0% (8)34.0% (16)17.0% (8)12.8% (6)2.8747
Global Warming13.0% (6)10.9% (5)26.1% (12)26.1% (12)23.9% (11)3.3746
Abortion23.4% (11)17.0% (8)27.7% (13)17.0% (8)14.9% (7)2.8347
Tax Cuts17.4% (8)23.9% (11)23.9% (11)17.4% (8)17.4% (8)2.9346
Social Security Reform8.3% (4)22.9% (11)20.8% (10)29.2% (14)18.8% (9)3.2748
Mortgage/Banking Crisis8.3% (4)20.8% (10)14.6% (7)31.3% (15)25.0% (12)3.4448
Gasoline Prices19.6% (9)30.4% (14)21.7% (10)6.5% (3)21.7% (10)2.8046
Federal Government Spending6.4% (3)12.8% (6)29.8% (14)27.7% (13)23.4% (11)3.4947
Illegal Immigration16.7% (8)27.1% (13)31.3% (15)12.5% (6)12.5% (6)2.7748
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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

SOMEWHAT MORE SECURE25.0%12
ABOUT THE SAME12.5%6
SOMEWHAT LESS SECURE 0.0%0
MUCH LESS SECURE 0.0%0
MUCH MORE SECURE62.5%30
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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 TRACK83.3%40
WRONG TRACK16.7%8
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4. Do you think the United States should intervent militarily in Syria?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

YES17.0%8
NO83.0%39
answered question47
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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

YES27.7%13
NO72.3%34
answered question47
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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 TRACK87.5%42
WRONG DIRECTION12.5%6
answered question48
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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 OBAMA6.3%3
PRESIDENT BUSH81.3%39
FEDERAL RESERVE10.4%5
CONGRESS83.3%40
CORPORATE AMERICA70.8%34
INVESTORS33.3%16
CONSUMERS20.8%10
Other Responses

* Regulators from 96-08

* Congress and Senate

* Investment banks shorting; inventing/selling derivatives

* The tope 1% who do not pay their fair share of taxes

* Investment banks

* Wall Street excessive borrowing, leveraging, and lax standars; absence of oversight and enforcement of regulations, de-regulation

* entitlement programs

* Governors

* Wall Street

18.8%9
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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 Americans2.2%1
Make Bush Tax Rates Permanent for Families Earning Under $250,000 Per Year39.1%18
Temporarily Extend the Bush Tax Rates for All Americans 0.0%0
Temporarily Extend the Bush Tax Rates for Families Earning Under $250,000 Per Year41.3%19
Reinstate the Pre-Bush Higher Rates for All Americans17.4%8
answered question46
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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 FAVOR27.7%13
SOMEWHAT FAVOR46.8%22
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE19.1%9
STRONGLY OPPOSE6.4%3
answered question47
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10. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE cutting tax rates on Capital Gains?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT2.1%1
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT14.6%7
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE41.7%20
STRONGLY OPPOSE41.7%20
answered question48
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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 ENTIRELY8.5%4
CUTTING THE ESTATE TAX RATE23.4%11
MAINTAINING CURRENT ESTATE RATES34.0%16
RAISING THE RATE ON THE ESTATE TAX34.0%16
answered question47
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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 SUPPORT14.6%7
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT39.6%19
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE20.8%10
STRONGLY OPPOSE25.0%12
answered question48
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13. Which approach would you take toward balancing the federal budget?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

RAISE TAXES ONLY6.3%3
COMBINATION OF TAX HIKES/SPENDING CUTS89.6%43
SPENDING CUTS ONLY4.2%2
answered question48
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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 FAVOR17.0%8
SOMEWHAT FAVOR36.2%17
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE38.3%18
STRONGLY OPPOSE8.5%4
answered question47
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15. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE raising the U.S. Government debt ceiling?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR40.4%19
SOMEWHAT FAVOR38.3%18
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE17.0%8
STRONGLY OPPOSE4.3%2
answered question47
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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 Drilling25.0%12
Development of Alternate Fuels93.8%45
Importing More Foreign Oil6.3%3
Conservation66.7%32
Other Responses20.8%10
answered question48
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17. Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE term limits on Members of Congress?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT38.3%18
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT23.4%11
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE17.0%8
STRONGLY OPPOSE21.3%10
answered question47
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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 FORCE93.6%44
ADVERSARIAL FORCE8.5%4
answered question47
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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 ASSESSMENT91.7%44
GREATLY OVERBLOWM8.3%4
answered question48
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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-GIVEN29.5%13
RIGHTS ARE GRANTED BY GOVERNMENT70.5%31
answered question44
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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 AROUND27.1%13
YES, WITH SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IT WILL BE AROUND64.6%31
NO, IT'S HEADED TOWARD BANKRUPTCY10.4%5
answered question48
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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

YES22.9%11
NO77.1%37
answered question48
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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 WAY31.9%15
WASTEFUL SPENDING68.1%32
answered question47
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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

FAIR19.4%7
UNFAIR80.6%29
answered question36
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2. Would you favor or oppose replacing property/real estate taxes with:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

HIGHER STATE SALES TAX RATE30.0%9
MORE BROAD BASED STATE SALES TAX AT THE CURRENT RATE36.7%11
LOCAL SALES TAX30.0%9
LOCAL EARNED INCOME TAXES16.7%5
COMBINATION LOCAL SALES/EARNED INCOME TAX56.7%17
answered question30
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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 HIGH14.3%5
ABOUT RIGHT68.6%24
TOO LOW20.0%7
answered question35
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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 HIGH17.6%6
ABOUT RIGHT67.6%23
TOO LOW20.6%7
answered question34
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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 FINANCE78.8%26
CUT TAXES/REGULATIONS21.2%7
answered question33
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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

YES25.0%9
NO77.8%28
answered question36
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7. Generally speaking do you feel Corbett Administration cuts to K-12 public education are:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

TOO DEEP97.2%35
ABOUT RIGHT2.8%1
NOT DEEP ENOUGH 0.0%0
answered question36
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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 HIGH17.6%6
ABOUT RIGHT29.4%10
TOO LOW52.9%18
answered question34
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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

YES80.6%29
NO19.4%7
answered question36
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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 FAVOR43.2%16
SOMEWHAT FAVOR51.4%19
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE2.7%1
STRONGLY OPPOSE2.7%1
answered question37
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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 MUCH53.1%17
ABOUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT40.6%13
NOT ENOUGH6.3%2
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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 FAVOR32.4%12
SOMEWHAT FAVOR21.6%8
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE18.9%7
STRONGLY OPPOSE27.0%10
answered question37
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13. Do you support or oppose a ban on public school teachers strikes?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY SUPPORT8.1%3
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT27.0%10
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE51.4%19
STRONGLY SUPPORT16.2%6
answered question37
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14. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE privatizing the state's liquor store system?


Response

Percent

Response

Count

STRONGLY FAVOR40.0%14
SOMEWHAT FAVOR14.3%5
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE11.4%4
STRONGLY OPPOSE34.3%12
answered question35
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15. If you had to chose one person, who would you select as the 2014 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania?


Response

Count

Responses

* michael nutter mayor of phil

* State Senator Jay Costa

* Bob Casey

* Ed Rendall

* Bob Casey

* Joe Sestak

* I don't have a name at this time.

* Joe Sestak

* Patrick Murphy

* Joe Sestak

* ROBERT A BRADY

* Joe Sestak

* Allyson Schwartz

* Cheri Honkala

* Jack Wagner

* Robin Wiessmann

* Michael Nutter

* How would I know the answer to this now?! How do I know who might want to run? If Governor Rendell could run again, I would choose him.

* Rob McCord

* Rob McCord

* Christopher Carney

* Mayor Michael Nutter

* Rob McCord

* McCord

* Joe Sestak

* Scott Conklin

* Josh Shapiro

* Bob Casey

* Bob Casey

* Jim Burn, Allegheny County

* State Treasurer Rob McCord

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16. PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF: ARE YOU:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

VERY CONSERVATIVE2.7%1
SOMEWHAT CONSERVATIVE2.7%1
MODERATE27.0%10
SOMEWHAT LIBERAL40.5%15
VERY LIBERAL27.0%10
answered question37
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17. GENDER:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

MALE32.4%12
FEMALE67.6%25
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18. AGE:


Response

Percent

Response

Count

18-308.1%3
30-5016.2%6
50-6556.8%21
OVER 6518.9%7
answered question37
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19. Please feel free to share with us any comments you might have on federal and/or state policy issues:


Response

Count

Responses

* This survey had too many ambiguously worded questions, as well as a number of typos... Surprised at no questions re Marcellus Shale, and other environmental Q's... Felt this was a sloppily drafted survey....

* question 13 doesn't have the strongly oppose option which is the one I would have chosen.

* PA infrastructure must be addressed now PA education funding is jeopardizing the future workforce of a state that is rapidly aging and retiring There must be stronger reform of Wall Street and the securities industry, possibly examine reinstating Glass-Stegal.

* Some of your questions were too broad. Some questions I did not feel I knew enough about the topic to answer with intelligence.

* Voter ID laws are shameful. Obamacare is essential to implement

* Close Corporate Tax loopholes/outlaw passive entities used for tax avoidance...go to Combined Reporting as IRS requires at federal level. Impose a fair severance tax (4-6%) on natural gas drilling in PA -- use funds for public education, economic development and public welfare (ie, for persons with disabilities); consolidate municipal pensions at the state level to save admin costs and enhance investment returns; amend Constitution so legislators cannot draw their own legislative district lines (Congressional or State Senate/House districts); uncap the oil franchise tax and invest in transportation infrastructure and mass transit - particularly passenger rail to serve regional economies.

* The survey was poorly worded. I am not sure it would have passed the reliability or validity tests.

* Give me five minutes with the Sect of Defense and I would balance the budget,

* Education cuts are too deep. The Governor, House and Senate should listen to the citizens of Pennsylvania, not Grover Norquist. Grover has many hats, unfortunately, one of his hats is in Pennsylvania!

* Federal Govt should implement Simpson/Bowles or similar. Need to address all 4 issues - cuts to entitlements ok ONLY if paired with cuts to military and tax increases (restore Clinton rates for all). We had a surplus in the 90s.

* Some of your questions are problematic since I did not want to pick any choice because it gave a false view. for example, question 2 state level, I think that schools should be financed by more state spending but not just sales tax. I think there should be a graduated income tax at a higher level not greater sales tax only.

* The safety net is disappearing for our most vurnerable citizens young and old in PA

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