FALL 1999 BUSINESS CLIMATE SURVEY
1.) Do you FAVOR or OPPOSE adoption of legislation that would give legal recognition to electronic documents and “electronic signatures” for business transactions that are conducted on-line?
12% DON’T KNOW
2.) Do you think transaction such as permits, licenses, and property records should be allowed to be handled electronically?
5% DON’T KNOW
3.) Who should decide what features and applications are to be included in software packages, the GOVERNMENT or TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES?
79% TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
15% DON’T KNOW
4.) When it comes to technology, particularly electronic commerce, do you think government laws and regulations are keeping pace with innovations in the private sector?
13% DON’T KNOW
5.) Do you believe Internet and other forms of electronic communication are Constitutionally protected “free speech” rights.
16% DON’T KNOW
6.) Should the Internet be designated a regulated utility (similar to natural gas and electricity), or should it operate in a free market environment?
14% REGULATED UTILITY
77% FREE MARKET
9% DON’T KNOW
7.) Do you think the so-called “Gore Tax,” which places a tax on your telephone bill to fund Internet access for schools, libraries, and clinics, is fair?
6% DON’T KNOW
8.) Do you think technology has fundamentally changed the U.S. Economy to the point where “normal” cycles of growth and recession will be minimized or eliminated?
24% DON’T KNOW
9.) Does your business have a web site?
Do you plan to go on-line with a web site within the next year?
12% DON’T KNOW
10.) What percentage of your company’s sales are conducted electronically via e-mail or the Internet?
11.) Do you use the Internet for:
21% Sales and Marketing
14% Customer Service
26% Obtain Information
20% Distribute Information
18% Internal Communications
12.) Do you personally use e-mail?
13.) In your opinion, have information technologies, e-commerce, and the Internet had a significant impact on your company’s productivity?
3% DON’T KNOW
14.) When it comes to regulation and tax policies governing technology, how would you rate Pennsylvania’s business climate?
15.) What do you think was the most significant technological advancement of the 1990s?
31% Computer Technology
8% Cell Phones
1.) In general, do you think business conditions in Pennsylvania are better, the same, or worse than they were six months ago?
1% No Opinion
2.) Looking ahead six months, do you think business conditions will be better, the same, or worse than they are now?
3% No Opinion
3.) Are employment levels at your company higher, the same, or lower than they were six months ago?
0% No Opinion
4.) Looking ahead six months, do you anticipate that employment levels at your company will be higher, stay the same, or be lower?
0% No Opinion
5.) Have you company’s sales increased, stayed relatively the same, or decreased during the past six months?
32% Stayed the Same
1% No Opinion
6.) Do you expect your company’s sales to increase, stay relatively the same, or decrease during the coming six months?
2% No Opinion
7.) At any point in the past six months has your company considered moving all or part of its Pennsylvania operations to another state?
6% Did Move Some Operations
20% Considered Moving Some Operations
4% Considered Moving All Operations
0% Moved Operations INTO Pennsylvania
70% Didn’t Consider Any Moves
8.) Do you foresee at any point in the coming six months your company considering moving all or part of its Pennsylvania operations to another state?
3% May Move All Operations
30% May Move Some Operations
65% No Considering Any Moves
2% May Move Operations INTO Pennsylvania
9.) In general, do you have a positive, negative, or no opinion of the job performance of the following individuals?
|President Bill Clinton||10%||85%||5%|
|Senator Arlen Specter||39%||42%||19%|
|Senator Rick Santorum||63%||19%||18%|
|Governor Tom Ridge||85%||8%||7%|
10.) In general, do you have a positive, negative, or no opinion of the job performances of the following institutions?
|The United States Senate||41%||49%||10%|
|The U.S. House of Representatives||34%||53%||13%|
|The Pennsylvania Senate||49%||27%||24%|
|The PA House of Representatives||43%||30%||27%|
The Lincoln institute’s Keystone Business Climate Survey was conducted between August 27, 1999 and September 17, 1999. A total of 110 Pennsylvania-based companies, each employing over 125 individuals, responded to the survey.