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2016 Democratic Delegate Alternate Delegate Survey

Questions and Numeric Results


by Lincoln Institute
 

RESPONDENTS: 44 of 44

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:


Issue

1

2

3

4

5

Total

Weighted

Average

Jobs/Economy6.98%

3

2.33%

1

9.30%

4

27.91%

12

53.49%

23

43

4.19

Income

Inequality

7.14%

3

2.38%

1

0.00%

0

19.05%

8

71.43%

30

42

4.45

Unemployment

Rate

2.44%

1

7.32%

3

31.71%

13

39.02%

16

19.51%

8

41

3.66

Government

Regulations

9.76%

4

19.51%

8

31.71%

13

31.71%

13

7.32%

3

41

3.07

Free Trade

Agreements

7.69%

3

7.69%

3

28.21%

11

28.21%

11

28.21%

11

39

3.62

Foreign

Affairs

2.44%

1

9.76%

4

26.83%

11

36.59%

15

24.39%

10

41

3.71

ISIS/

Terrorism

12.20%

5

14.63%

6

21.95%

9

17.07%

7

34.15%

14

41

3.46

Health Care/

Obamacare

4.65%

2

0.00%

0

11.63%

5

41.86%

18

41.86%

18

43

4.16

Development

of Domestic

Fossil Fuels

26.83%

11

24.39%

10

21.95%

9

14.63%

6

12.20%

5

41

2.61

Development

of Alternative

Energy Sources

4.88%

2

7.32%

3

12.20%

5

19.51%

8

56.10%

23

41

4.15

Climate Change7.14%

3

7.14%

3

14.29%

6

16.67%

7

54.76%

23

42

4.05

Abortion23.81%

10

21.43%

9

14.29%

6

9.52%

4

30.95%

13

42

3.02

Tax Reform9.76%

4

4.88%

2

14.63%

6

24.39%

10

46.34%

19

41

3.93

Entitlement

Reform

24.39%

10

19.51%

8

19.51%

8

26.83%

11

9.76%

4

41

2.78

Budget Deficit/

Government Spending

12.20%

5

12.20%

5

29.27%

12

24.39%

10

21.95%

9

41

3.32

Illegal

Immigration

22.50%

9

15.00%

6

27.50%

11

25.00%

10

10.00%

4

40

2.85

Gun Control11.90%

5

7.14%

3

14.29%

6

16.67%

7

50.00%

21

42

3.86

Supreme Court

Nominees

4.65%

2

2.33%

1

4.65%

2

16.28%

7

72.09%

31

43

4.49

Protecting

Constitutional

Rights

7.32%

3

2.44%

1

29.27%

12

17.07%

7

43.90%

18

41

3.88

Gay Marriage/

Gay Rights

7.32%

3

17.07%

7

14.63%

6

19.51%

8

41.46%

17

41

3.71

Comments

  • STOP TPP
  • Overturning Citizens United ruling
  • Voting Rights, Single Payer
  • justice system reform
  • Education Reform - stop testing regimen, no tax revenue for charters
  • Equal rights for women, union rights.
  • systemic racism
8
Answered 43
Skipped 1

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
ECONOMIC ISSUES20.93%9
SOCIAL ISSUES18.60%8
FOREIGN AFFAIRS0.00%0
COMBINATION OF ALL THREE60.47%26
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
MUCH MORE SECURE18.60%8
SOMEWHAT MORE SECURE48.84%21
ABOUT THE SAME27.91%12
SOMEWHAT LESS SECURE4.65%2
MUCH LESS SECURE0.00%0
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
RIGHT TRACK90.24%37
WRONG TRACK9.76%4
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
BAN ALL MUSLIMS FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY0.00%0
BAN ENTRY FROM COUNTRIES THAT ARE HOTBEDS OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY5.13%2
CURRENT LAWS ARE SUFFICIENT94.87%37
Answered39
Skipped5
Total Respondents39

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY APPROVE40.48%17
SOMEWHAT APPROVE54.76%23
SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE4.76%2
STRONGLY DISAPPROVE0.00%0
Answered42
Skipped2
Total Respondents42

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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
RIGHT TRACK83.72%36
WRONG TRACK18.60%8
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
PRESIDENT OBAMA6.98%3
FEDERAL RESERVE13.95%6
CONGRESS67.44%29
CORPORATE AMERICA76.74%33
INVESTORS18.60%8
CONSUMERS6.98%3
LABOR UNIONS2.33%1
Other

  • Wall Street
  • mega rich
  • I feel the economy is in good shape.
  • With interest rates so low, our

    pension plans are under-performing,

    feeding into Republican hands to

    want to change the system. We need

    to protect our citizens from those

    who would steal their hard-earned

    pensions.

  • Wall Street Banks
  • Too Big to Fail Banks.
  • Investors focused solely on immediate returns.
16.28%7
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT6.98%3
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT39.53%17
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE23.26%10
STRONGLY OPPOSE34.88%15
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
YES, WITHOUT CHANGE IT WILL BE AROUND34.88%15
YES, WITH SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IT WILL BE AROUND62.79%27
NO, IT'S HEADED TOWARD BANKRUPTCY6.98%3
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
RAISE TAXES ONLY18.60%8
COMBINATION OF TAX HIKES/SPENDING CUTS79.07%34
SPENDING CUTS ONLY2.33%1
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT6.98%3
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT34.88%15
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE20.93%9
STRONGLY OPPOSE39.53%17
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
More Domestic Drilling16.28%7
Development of Alternate Fuels97.67%42
Importing More Foreign Oil2.33%1
Conservation69.77%30
Other

  • alternative fuels plus conservation
  • Developing alternative renewable energy eg; solar,wind
  • Solar. Don't forget about a conversation on clean water.

    Wars are fought over water rights.

  • Carbon Tax
  • unsure
  • Tax Fracking.
6
Answered43
Skipped1
Total Respondents43

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION0.00%0
GRANTING PERMANENT WORKER STATUS45.24%19
GRANTING FULL CITIZENSHIP30.95%13
Other

  • Some deportation, permanent worker status with path to cititizenship
  • Creating a path to citizenship
  • earned path to citizenship
  • Provide a path to citizenship and safeguard the family.
  • Create a path to citizenship keeping families together
  • not sure
  • Case by case basis easing the restrictive citizenship

    maneuvering based on their history in our country and homeland

  • Depending on circumstances deportation a pathway to citizenship
  • it depends
  • Temporary Visas, then let them apply for citizenship.
23.81%10
Answered42
Skipped2
Total Respondents42

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
POSITIVE4.76%2
NEGATIVE95.24%40
Answered42
Skipped2
Total Respondents42

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
POSITIVE2.38%1
NEGATIVE97.62%41
Answered42
Skipped2
Total Respondents42

17. 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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
POSITIVE FORCE56.10%23
ADVERSARIAL FORCE51.22%211
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

18. 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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
RIGHTS ARE GOD-GIVEN37.50%15
ADVERSARIAL FORCE62.50%25
Answered40
Skipped4
Total Respondents40

19. Who do you think Hillary Clinton should select as her Vice Presidential running mate?


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
Responses

  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • E. Warren if can get by loss of Senate Seat Issue
  • Tim Kaine
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Gov.Hickenlooper
  • Tim Kaine
  • Tom Perez
  • Bernard Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Senator Merkely or Secretary Julian Castro
  • Bernie Sanders or Gov. Kaine , Sect. Castro
  • Castro
  • Cory Booker
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • patty murry
  • joe biden
  • Whoever she feels would be best.
  • Jim Webb should be a consideration.
  • Getting the budget done on time gives me

    a positive view of House and Senate performance.

    The Federal Government is positive when it comes

    to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    There are some other areas where the federal

    government can be less adversarial. Fining

    cities over MS4 is one area. 18 seems like

    a trick question. I believe in God and Country,

    worship and following the Constitution. I don't

    know who's in the running for VP.

  • cory booker
  • Julian Castro
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Decal Patrick
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Sherrod Brown from Ohio
  • Tim Kane
  • Julian Castro
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Kaine
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Perez
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • not sure
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Gov Duval Patrick
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley
  • Bill Clinton
  • Elizabeth Warren
41
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

Section II: STATE LEVEL ISSUE QUESTIONS

20. 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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
FAIR14.63%6
UNFAIR90.24%37
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
HIGHER STATE SALES TAX RATE23.68%9
MORE BROAD BASED STATE SALES TAX AT THE CURRENT RATE15.79%6
LOCAL SALES TAX13.16%5
LOCAL EARNED INCOME TAXES10.53%4
HIGHER STATE INCOME TAX36.84%14
COMBINATION LOCAL SALES/EARNED INCOME TAX28.95%11
LEAVE CURRENT TAX STRUCTURE IN PLACE7.89%3
Other

  • Coproporations and Wealthy pay fair share or more
  • Not sure
  • Fair funding formula for education
  • It should be a local County decision to create a formula

    that includes real estate, sales, and income taxes. One size

    does not fit all.

  • Higher tax rate for top earners and eliminate corp welfare
  • none of the above
  • Progressive taxation, highest incomes pay higher rates
Answered38
Skipped6
Total Respondents38

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
TOO HIGH15.00%6
ABOUT RIGHT55.00%22
TOO LOW32.50%13
Answered40
Skipped4
Total Respondents40

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
TOO HIGH2.44%1
ABOUT RIGHT53.66%22
TOO LOW48.78%20
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

24. 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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
BORROW AND FINANCE70.27%26
CUT TAXES/REGULATIONS29.73%11
Answered37
Skipped4
Total Respondents37

25. 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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
YES39.02%16
NO63.41%26
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY AGREE17.07%7
SOMEWHAT AGREE39.02%16
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE24.39%10
STRONGLY DISAGREE19.51%8
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

27. 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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY FAVOR17.50%7
SOMEWHAT FAVOR12.50%5
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE5.00%2
STRONGLY OPPOSE67.50%27
Answered40
Skipped4
Total Respondents40

28. 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 ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY SUPPORT7.89%3
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT15.79%6
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE65.79%25
STRONGLY OPPOSE15.79%6
Answered38
Skipped6
Total Respondents38

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
STRONGLY FAVOR20.00%8
SOMEWHAT FAVOR17.50%7
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE17.50%7
STRONGLY OPPOSE45.00%18
Answered40
Skipped4
Total Respondents40

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

0.00%


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
VERY CONSERVATIVE0.00%0
SOMEWHAT CONSERVATIVE0
MODERATE26.83%11
SOMEWHAT LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE41.46%17
VERY LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE43.90%18
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

31. GENDER:


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
MALE51.22%21
FEMALE48.78%20
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

32. AGE:


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
18-3021.95%9
30-5026.83%11
50-6539.02%16
OVER 6512.20%5
Answered41
Skipped3
Total Respondents41

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


Answer ChoicesResponse PercentResponse Count
Other

  • correct question 9 ? Government has a important place in modern societies. Unfortunately debate has brainwashed many to think government is too large or the enemy. Choice between big and small government is irrelevant. I assume size refers to budget, number of employees, regulations. I am in favor of "effective" government regardless of size. Actually some federal programs are too small, and not able to fulfill their mandate. For example FDA and inspection of food.
  • Too many to answer.
  • I would have answered Question 9 as "Strongly opposed" to banning the right of school teachers to strike, but there was a mistake in the options.
  • This is a horribly written survey. Questions are leading and some terms are outdated.
  • Question # 10 needs fixed.
  • We have a real shot at the White House. Keep Hillary's moderate tone to achieve this goal. It's the economy, stupid. And it's safety for our people in the wake of terrorism.
  • We must support voting rights making it as easy as possible to vote. Social justice (social equality) and income inequality in our tax code must also be addressed.
  • Your question # 9 in this survey is invalid.
  • guns and terrorism are my biggest issues right now. next comes budget and taxes and economy. then race wars.
  • The Abortion question was not clear. Why not either pro- choice, or anti- choice? BTW, I'm pro- choice.
  • Hey, question 9 on this page needs a "Strongly Agree" instead of a second "Strongly support."
11
Answered11
Skipped33
Total Respondents41