Final Top Line Survey Results

Susquehanna Polling/Triad Strategies Spring 2008 Statewide Poll

Sample Size: 500 Registered Democrats

Conducted: March 5-10, 2008

 

Q1. Do you think things in Pennsylvania are going in the right direction, or do you think things have gotten on the wrong track?

                                                                  

1. Right Direction

198

40%

2. Wrong track

232

46%

3. Undecided

70

14%

 

Q2. What would you say is the single most important problem facing Pennsylvania today? That is, the one that you would like to see resolved by your state elected officials. (DO NOT READ CHOICES – ONE ANSWER ONLY)

 

1. Taxes

59

12%

2. Drugs/crime/violence   

46

09%

3. Economy/jobs/unemployment 

162

32%

4. Growth/development/traffic

2

00%

5. Government spending/budget

9

02%

6. Politicians/government

8

02%

7. Streets/roads/transportation

20

04%

8. Healthcare/prescription drugs

51

10%

9. Medicare/social security 

6

01%

10. Education/schools

32

06%

11. Gas/energy prices

29

06%

12. Terrorism/National Security

0

00%

13. War in Iraq

6

01%

14. Morality/family values

9

02%

15. Illegal aliens/Immigration

3

01%

16. Undecided/none   

34

07%

17. Other

24

05%

 

Thinking ahead to the April 22 Pennsylvania primary election…

 

Q3. In the race for President, would you vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama? (ROTATE NAMES)

 

1. Clinton

223

45%

2. Obama

153

31%

3. Undecided

97

19%

4. None/other

21

04%

5. Refuse

6

01%

 

Q4. What is your approximate age according to the following brackets: 18-29, 30-44, 45-59 or 60 and over?

 

1. 18-29

18

04%

2. 30-44

81

16%

3. 45-59

227

45%

4. 60+

171

34%

5. Refuse

3

01%

 

Q5. Do you consider yourself to be conservative or liberal when thinking about your social, economic and political views? (TEST INTENSITY)

 

1. Very conservative

40

08%

Total Conservative:

34%

2. Somewhat conservative

131

26%

           Total Liberal:

47%

3. Very liberal

73

15%

 

 

4. Somewhat liberal

160

32%

 

 

5. Moderate

70

14%

 

 

6. Undecided

22

04%

 

 

7. Refuse

5

01%

 

 

 

Q6. What is the last grade you completed in school?  (DO NOT READ CHOICES)

 

1. K-8

2

00%

2. Some high school but did not graduate

10

02%

3. Graduated high school

158

32%

4. Technical or vocational school (2-year degree)

25

05%

5. Some college

94

19%

6. Graduated college (4-year degree)

100

20%

7. Graduate/professional school

108

22%

8. Refuse

4

01%

 

Q7. Are you, or is any member of your household a current or past member of a public or private labor union? If yes, what type?  (Check all that apply)

 

1. Yes, teachers union

45

09%

Total Yes:

46%

2. Yes, labor union

138

28%

 

 

3. Yes, state/county/local government

32

06%

 

 

4. Yes, other

34

07%

 

 

5. No

265

53%

 

 

6. Refuse

3

01%

 

 

 

Q8. Is your main racial heritage Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian American or another background? (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)

 

1. Caucasian

401

80%

2. African American

75

15%

3. Hispanic

8

02%

4. Asian or Pacific Islander

3

01%

5. Native American  

2

00%

6. Other

14

03%

7. Refuse

6

01%

 

Q9.  What was your total household income for 2007 according to the following income brackets – less than $15,000, $15 to $30,000, $31 to $50,000, $51 to $75,000, $76,000 - $99,000, $100,000 to $200,000 or over $200,000?

 

1. Less than $15,000

23

05%

2. $15,000 - $30,000

57

11%

3. $31,000 - $50,000

90

18%

4. $51,000 - $75,000

86

17%

5. $76,000 – $99,000

79

16%

6. $100,000 - $200,000

71

14%

7. $200,000+

9

02%

8. Undecided

6

01%

9. Refuse

79

16%

                                                                            

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE SURVEY. HAVE A GOOD DAY.

 

Gender:

 

1. Male

222

44%

2. Female

278

56%

         

Area:

 

21

(04%)

1. Northwest [Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Warren,   

    Forest]   

 

65

(13%)

2. Southwest [Lawrence, Beaver, Washington, Greene, Fayette,

    Westmoreland, Indiana, Armstrong, Butler]

46

(09%)

3. The “T”/Central [Jefferson, Elk, McKean, Cameron, Clarion,

    Clearfield, Centre, Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton,

    Franklin, Huntingdon, Blair, Potter, Tioga, Bradford,

    Susquehanna, Wyoming, Sullivan, Lycoming, Clinton, Union,

    Snyder, Northumberland, Montour, Columbia, Mifflin, Juniata]

63

(13%)

4. Northeast/Lehigh Valley [Luzerne, Carbon, Monroe,

    Schuylkill, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, Wayne]

46

(09%)

5. South Central [Perry, Cumberland, Adams, York, Lancaster,

    Lebanon, Dauphin, Berks]

84

(17%)

6. Southeast [Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks]

76

(15%)

7. Allegheny County

99

(20%)

8. Philadelphia

                                                           

 The margin of error for a sample size of 500 is +/-4.38%