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2016 Republican Delegate Alternate Delegate Survey

by Lincoln Institute
 

Response Summary

Total Started Survey: 73

Total Finished Survey: 73 (100.0%)

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:


Answer Options12345TotalWeighted

Average

Jobs/Economy0.00%

0

2.78%

2

6.94%

5

18.06%

13

72.22%

52

724.60
Income Inequality29.17%

21

26.39%

19

20.83%

15

15.28%

11

8.33%

6

722.47
Unemployment Rate1.43%

1

8.57%

6

22.86%

16

37.14%

26

30.00%

21

703.86
Government Regulations7.04%

5

1.41%

1

14.08%

10

25.35%

18

52.11%

37

714.14
Free Trade Agreements4.29%

3

7.14%

5

32.86%

23

25.71%

18

30.00%

21

703.70
Foreign Affairs0.00%

0

4.17%

3

16.67%

12

37.50%

27

41.67%

30

724.17
ISIS/Terrorism1.39%

1

0.00%

0

6.94%

5

12.50%

9

79.17%

57

724.68
Health Care/Obamacare7.14%

5

1.43%

1

12.86%

9

30.00%

21

48.57%

34

704.11
Development of Domestic Fossil Fuels5.63%

4

4.23%

3

16.90%

12

32.39%

23

40.85%

29

713.99
Development of Alternative Energy Sources26.39%

19

20.83%

15

26.39%

19

15.28%

11

11.11%

8

722.64
Climate Change61.11%

44

18.06%

13

8.33%

6

6.94%

5

5.56%

4

721.78
Abortion18.57%

13

11.43%

8

27.14%

19

20.00%

14

22.86%

16

703.17
Tax Reform1.41%

1

1.41%

1

21.13%

15

26.76%

19

49.30%

35

714.21
Entitlement Reform4.29%

3

4.29%

3

28.57%

20

28.57%

20

34.29%

24

703.84
Budget Deficit/Government Spending1.39%

1

1.39%

1

12.50%

9

25.00%

18

59.72%

43

724.40
Illegal Immigration2.82%

2

1.41%

1

15.49%

11

19.72%

14

60.56%

43

714.34
Gun Control30.56%

22

12.50%

9

13.89%

10

11.11%

8

31.94%

23

723.01
Supreme Court Nominees2.82%

2

0.00%

0

4.23%

3

2.82%

2

90.14%

64

714.77
Protecting Constitutional Rights2.82%

2

1.41%

1

7.04%

5

12.68%

9

76.06%

54

714.58
Gay Marriage/Gay Rights46.38%

32

20.29%

14

18.84%

13

4.35%

3

10.14%

7

692.12
Other Responses:

1. No welfare for illegals, no common core, support Donald Trump for President, Overturn the Iran nuclear deal, No anchor babies. Expel the UN from the US; Block the UN's efforts to redefine nature, legalize prostitution, amoral sex education; Defend our Constitution and all of its amendments; Make it illegal to disrespect our US flag with penalties of fines and prison

2. education Tax reform, Seniors who have no children in school should not loose their home because of School Tax

3. race realations

4. Upholding and enforcing the law; government corruption.

5. I am not for gun control or Obamacare. I want my president to believe in the Christian God.

6. REDUCE THE FRIGGIN NATIONAL DEBT PLEASE. And stop broad, undefined NSA spying programs.

7. End the Federal Reserve, the IRS, and get us out of the United Nations.

8. Common Core has got to go, English only, Assimilate or leave, No teaching and/or praying Islam prayers in American public schools, Make any disrespect for our flag illegal

8

2. When deciding on which candidate for whom you will vote, are economic issues, social issues or foreign affairs the most important factor?


Answer OptionsResponse

Percent

Response

Count

ECONOMIC ISSUES31.9%23
SOCIAL ISSUES4.2%3
FOREIGN AFFAIRS4.2%3
COMBINATION OF ALL THREE59.7%43
answered question72
skipped question1

3. Do you think the Obama Administration's foreign policies have made the United States more secure or less secure?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
MUCH MORE SECURE1.4%1
SOMEWHAT MORE SECURE0.0%0
ABOUT THE SAME0.0%0
SOMEWHAT LESS SECURE11.3%8
MUCH LESS SECURE87.3%62
answered question71
skipped question2

4. Do you think President Obama is on the RIGHT TRACK or the WRONG TRACK in responding to the threat of ISIS and international terrorism?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
RIGHT TRACK0.0%0
WRONG TRACK100.0%72
answered question72
skipped question1

5. Until the threat of ISIS/terrorism has ended, should the United States:


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
BAN ALL MUSLIMS FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY25.7%18
BAN ENTRY FROM COUNTRIES THAT ARE HOTBEDS OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY64.3%45
CURRENT LAWS ARE SUFFICIENT12.9%9
answered question70
skipped question3

6. Do you APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of the Obama Administration's nuclear deal with Iran?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY APPROVE0.0%0
SOMEWHAT APPROVE2.8%2
SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE8.3%6
STRONGLY DISAPPROVE88.9%64
answered question72
skipped question1

7. Generally speaking, do you feel that the U.S. Economy is on the right track, or is it off in the wrong direction?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
RIGHT TRACK4.2%3
WRONG DIRECTION97.2%70
answered question72
skipped question1

8. Who is to blame for the nation's current economic ills? (Check all that apply)


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
PRESIDENT OBAMA91.7%66
FEDERAL RESERVE38.9%28
CONGRESS56.9%41
CORPORATE AMERICA23.6%17
INVESTORS8.3%6
CONSUMERS4.2%3
LABOR UNIONS56.9%41
Other Responses:

1. Cyclical fluctuations

2. NAFTA

3. Governmental corruption and even in the judicial branch at all levels greed among special interest groups

4. a combination of many factors

5. Unknown

6. Lobbyists for alternative fuels or who oppose pension reform

7. Crooked Hillary's husband, the Democratic Establishment and the Republican Establishment

8. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EPA, Zealot regulators, the courts

11.1%8
answered question72
skipped question1

9. Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE lowering tax rates as a means of stimulating economic growth?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT72.2%52
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT26.4%19
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE1.4%1
STRONGLY OPPOSE0.0%0
answered question72
skipped question1

10. Do you think Social Security will be around for the next generations of Americans or will it go bankrupt?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
YES, WITHOUT CHANGE IT WILL BE AROUND4.2%3
YES, WITH SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IT WILL BE AROUND56.9%41
NO, IT'S HEADED TOWARD BANKRUPTCY40.3%29
answered question72
skipped question1

11. Which approach would you take toward balancing the federal budget?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
RAISE TAXES ONLY0.0%0
COMBINATION OF TAX HIKES/SPENDING CUTS20.8%15
SPENDING CUTS ONLY79.2%57
answered question72
skipped question1

12. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose free trade policies (such as Trans Pacific Partnership)?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY FAVOR1.4%1
SOMEWHAT FAVOR32.9%23
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE37.1%26
STRONGLY OPPOSE31.4%22
answered question70
skipped question3

13. What do you see as the solution to America's energy needs? (Check all that apply.)


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
More Domestic Drilling93.1%67
Development of Alternate Fuels50.0%36
Importing More Foreign Oil0.0%0
Conservation30.6%22
Other Responses:

1. fracking

2. Build pipeline infrastructure in states that are fracking

3. Innovating ways to use fuel more efficiently

4. Coal

5. Smart development of Alternate Fuels reasonable conservation

6. Keeping more energy here rather than send it overseas

7. Free Market

8. Less regulation, more free enterprise.

9. Fracking, more oil refineries

12.5%9
answered question72
skipped question1

14. When it comes to dealing with illegal immigrants, do you favor:


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION56.3%40
GRANTING PERMANENT WORKER STATUS22.5%16
GRANTING FULL CITIZENSHIP0.0%0
Other Responses:

1. But not voting rights or access to entitlement programs.

2. Deporting many and build the wall

3. Change our immigration laws

4. Systematic deportation

5. they should be vetted to make sure that they are not here to hurt Americans. then if they are working and in good standing they should be allowed to stay. First granting them permanent worker status for five years then permanent residents.

6. Granting citizenship if they are willing to apply properly for such.

7. Deport all with criminal record

8. Deport ALL with any criminal history, back of the line for others

9. Enforce the existing laws on the books.

10. Worker status and no government-paid support

11. Immediate deportation of criminals and lengthy process for legalized worker status

12. Anyone who commits a crime is deported. Families may remain until children are 18 years of age when they may become citizens and parents are deported since their children are now adults.

13. Whatever is determined, I believe the longer families have been here illegally, the more consideration they need in changing status. Uprooting families isn't right. However, the cracking down on more recent illegals and future ones is critical. Our son in law is a New Zealander. Our granddaughter was born in NZ. We had to jump through hoops to prove our daughter is a US citizen and sponsor our son in law. Why isn't that necessary for everyone?

14. Give them NOTHING so they go home, if they don't then deport them.

15. Border security, path to citizenship for those law abiding individuals contributing to society and paying taxes

21.1%15
answered question71
skipped question2

15. How effective has the Republican-controlled congress been in checking President Obama's executive power?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
VERY EFFECTIVE1.4%1
SOMEWHAT EFFECTIVE18.1%13
SOMEWHAT INEFFECTIVE19.4%14
VERY INEFFECTIVE61.1%44
answered question72
skipped question1

16. Do you have a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE view of the job being done by the United States Senate?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
POSITIVE23.6%17
NEGATIVE76.4%55
answered question72
skipped question1

17. Do you have a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE view of the job being done by the United States House of Representatives?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
POSITIVE33.3%24
NEGATIVE66.7%48
answered question72
skipped question1

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.


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
POSITIVE FORCE2.9%2
ADVERSARIAL FORCE97.1%67
answered question69
skipped question4

19. Do you believe in "natural rights," that our basic rights as Americans are God-given; or are our rights granted to us by government?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
RIGHTS ARE GOD-GIVEN97.1%68
RIGHTS ARE GRANTED BY GOVERNMENT2.9%2
answered question70
skipped question3

20. Who do you think Donald Trump should select as his Vice Presidential running mate?

Responses:

1. Marco Rubio

2. Newt Gingrich

3. Newt Gingrich

4. don't know

5. John Kasich

6. Alan West or Rick Santorum

7. Newt Gingrich

8. Joni Ernst

9. Sarah Palin

10. Newt

11. Newt Gingrich

12. Mike Pence

13. Senator Jeff Sessions or Dr. Ben Carson

14. Cruz

15. Rand Paul

16. An unwavering female Republican who is Pro-Life and deeply conservative

17. I have no choice as yet

18. Newt Gingrich or Marsha Blackburn

19. John Kasich

20. rudy giulliani

21. Lt. Col. J. Ernest

22. Christie or Newt

23. Newt Gingrich

24. Mary Fallon

25. Fallin

26. No clue

27. Newt

28. Ted Cruz

29. Suzanna Martinez

30. Rubio

31. Mike Hickabee

32. Gingrich

33. Strong proven conservative

34. Newt Gingrich

35. Carly Fiorina

36. Pense

37. Newt Gingrich

38. Ted cruz or Marco Rubio

39. Not sure

40. skip

41. no clue

42. Someone with a strong political background

43. I would have liked Joni Ernst. Scott Walker, but he probably needs a Fed-level

44. DON'T CARE

45. CondaLisa Rice

46. i HAVE NO OPINION AT THIS TIME.

47. don't know

48. Chris Christie

49. Mike Pence or Jim Webb (if he agrees to become a Republican)

50. Rand Paul or Jan Brewer

51. NEWT Gingrich

52. Newt Gingrich

53. John Kasich

54. Gingrich

55. Condoleeza Rice

56. Gov. Nikki Haley

57. Suzanna Martinez

58. Andrew Napolitano, Pat Buchanan, or Ron Paul

59. Someone with the same goals he has set out for Americans and a supportive Cabinet and Supreme Court appointees

60. Governor John Kasich

61. Not Ted Cruz. Not a woman just because she's a woman. Not an African American just because he/she is African American. Etc, etc, etc.

62. newt

63. Ted Cruz

64. Ted Cruz

65. kasick

66. Test

Response Count
answered question66
skipped question7

Section II: STATE LEVEL ISSUE QUESTIONS

21. 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?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
FAIR35.2%25
UNFAIR64.8%46
answered question71
skipped question2

22. Would you favor replacing property/real estate taxes with:


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
HIGHER STATE SALES TAX RATE20.0%14
MORE BROAD BASED STATE SALES TAX AT THE CURRENT RATE15.7%11
LOCAL SALES TAX8.6%6
LOCAL EARNED INCOME TAXES5.7%4
HIGHER STATE INCOME TAX8.6%6
COMBINATION LOCAL SALES/EARNED INCOME TAX15.7%11
LEAVE CURRENT TAX STRUCTURE IN PLACE27.1%19
Other Responses:

1. Lower Spending - eliminate prevailing wage laws

2. Some NON statewide. Local/County solution

3. Re assessment of property

4. Not in favor

5. Follow Wisconsin on teacher union issues

6. Unsure

7. not sure

8. Flat tax on income.

9. Don't replace, abolish ... Tax less and spend less.

10. Land value tax, especially for poorer districts.

14.3%10
answered question70
skipped question3

23. Generally speaking, do you feel PERSONAL STATE INCOME TAXES are too high, about right, too low?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
TOO HIGH59.2%42
ABOUT RIGHT40.8%29
TOO LOW1.4%1
answered question71
skipped question2

24. Generally speaking, do you feel STATE BUSINESS TAXES are too high, about right, too low?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
TOO HIGH87.3%62
ABOUT RIGHT12.7%9
TOO LOW0.0%0
answered question71
skipped question2

25. 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?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
BORROW AND FINANCE4.3%3
CUT TAXES/REGULATIONS95.7%67
answered question70
skipped question3

26. 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?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
YES67.6%48
NO32.4%23
answered question71
skipped question2

27. Should Republicans in the General Assembly continue to hold the line on more spending and higher taxes, or should they adopt Governor Wolf's budget proposals?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
CONTINUE TO HOLD THE LINE91.5%65
COMPROMISE IN THE MIDDLE8.5%6
ADOPT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET0.0%0
answered question71
skipped question2

28. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE that cost drivers, like pension reform, should be addressed before the General Assembly considers any increase in taxes?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY AGREE84.5%60
SOMEWHAT AGREE11.3%8
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE1.4%1
STRONGLY DISAGREE2.8%2
answered question71
skipped question2

29. 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?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY FAVOR73.2%52
SOMEWHAT FAVOR11.3%8
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE8.5%6
STRONGLY OPPOSE8.5%6
answered question71
skipped question2

30. Do you support or oppose a ban on public school teachers strikes?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT48.6%34
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT27.1%19
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE17.1%12
STRONGLY SUPPORT7.1%5
answered question70
skipped question3

31. Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE privatizing the state's liquor store system?


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY FAVOR71.8%51
SOMEWHAT FAVOR12.7%9
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE7.0%5
STRONGLY OPPOSE8.5%6
answered question71
skipped question2

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


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
VERY CONSERVATIVE40.0%28
SOMEWHAT CONSERVATIVE47.1%33
MODERATE12.9%9
SOMEWHAT LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE0.0%0
VERY LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE1.4%1
answered question70
skipped question3

33. GENDER:


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
MALE62.0%44
FEMALE38.0%27
answered question71
skipped question2

34. AGE:


Answer OptionsResponse PercentResponse Count
18-301.4%1
30-5028.2%20
50-6536.6%26
OVER 6535.2%25
answered question71
skipped question2

35. Please feel free to share with us any comments you might have on federal and/or state policy issues:


Responses:

1. *No Islam prayers and teaching of their prayers in the US outside of their mosques.

2. VA and IRS need total reform. Many workers must be fired - not passed on to other jobs. TSA should be privatized - No government employees and pensions with it.

3. The Federal Government must change. The State Government is working well.

4. No new gun control laws. No Stupid used furniture bills either!

5. There needs to be "truth in media" and stronger slander/libel laws on both the federal and state levels because the truth is being withheld and/or censored, while lies and distortions of facts are being spread nationwide as propaganda for all federal and state government elites. The mainstream media is another arm of the government elites, and no longer serves the American public without bias! The Press is no longer free! Freedom of the Press has been sold to the highest bidder!

6. Gov't is the biz of its Constitutional bounds and borders and should be competitive in nature, at all levels: school through federal.

7. We need to distribute power from local to federal government more equitably. DC is too drunk with power.

8. I think I'm between conservative and moderate base on the issues. Hillary Clinton should be d[is]ciplined by Congress for her lying to the American people about her classify e-mail. Her ability to gain Classifying information should be taken away. If Congress does not act they are setting a bad presidence for the American People.

9. The overall tax system should be simplified and combined. Remove excise and other annoying taxes and simply incorporate into a single income tax. Same for states.

10. Unemployment compensation needs reformed. Almost any one can get it for almost any reason.

11. I don't believe property should be taxed. Need to be able to own your property without government control of it. It is a punishment. I do not support republican elected officials either they are phony too. Conservative votes are only taken when they cannot pass so they can advertise they are for an issue when they are just pandering. Donald is the only hope.

12. We can't let state or federal government continue the way they are going now. People are suffering. It's a big game.

13. You made a mistake with question #10. You have two of the same answers. You have two strongly support. I think you wanted to say strongly oppose.

14. Gambling machines should be allowed in local pubs. Not just pandering to the Casinos who have the money for Campaign Contributions to block it.

15. Campaign Finance Reform must happen. The Establishment on both sides has abandoned the average citizen, the democrats more than the republicans, but the republican are not void of blame. Also, can we talk about the NSA and the FED

16. The local school districts need a bit more checks and balances from the PA Dept of Education regarding finance. I feel most board members don't truly understand the budget, nor do many superintendents. I have watched and am currently watching incredible manipulation and questionable use of funds. (I am a former school board member) Worse yet...these things are not addressed even when reported.

17. We need to follow our founding father's advice regarding foreign affairs and interventionism and what the CIA called "blowback" from unnecessary interventionism.

18. welfare recipients must take a drug test and should continue to be tested randomly, pass HB1948, invest in our infrastructure

19. GOP needs to stay neutral and/or shut up on social issues - LGBTQ issues and abortion, among others. Let's pretend we're Libertarians when it comes to social issues. I am in my mid 30s. Most people I know +/- 10 years of my age are socially moderate to liberal, and extremely fiscally conscious. I have been forced to call myself a moderate because of how far right the GOP base has been pulled in the past ten years. Focus on fiscal issues and constitutional rights. Take subjective morality out of any and all Republican speeches and propaganda. People will return to and join the party in droves.

Response Count
Responses

19
answered question19
skipped question54