Pennsylvania Voter Poll on the Issue of Severance Taxes & Drilling Jobs

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Poll results from a Pennsylvania voter poll conducted by Boston-based Anderson & Robbins Research, a company that polls exclusively for Democrats and corporate clients. The poll, conducted in early June 2014, show that given a choice between a high severance tax or retaining jobs in the shale drilling industry, a large majority of PA voters choose the jobs over the tax.

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Pennsylvania Voter Poll on the Issue of Severance Taxes & Drilling Jobs

  1. 1. ARR #9212 PENNSYLVANIA Interviewing dates: June 6 – 8, 2014 Sample: 502Pennsylvania likely voters TOPLINE RESULTS 0A. First, are you registered to vote in Pennsylvania? Yes 100% No - 0B. As you may know, this November there will be elections in Pennsylvania for Governor, U.S. Congress, and other offices. How likely are you to vote in these elections—will you: Definitely vote 77% Almost definitely vote 10 Probably vote 13 Are you 50-50 - Or will you probably not vote? - (Not sure/refused) - 1. Do you think things in Pennsylvania are generally heading in the right direction, or do you think they have gotten off on the wrong track? Right direction 34% Wrong track 56 (Not sure/refused) 10 2. In general, do you think that taxes and fees paid by natural gas producers in Pennsylvania are: Too high 25% Too low 36 About right 23 (Not sure/refused) 16 3. How closely have you been following the debate about whether or not to add a severance tax on natural gas producers in the Pennsylvania? Very closely 19% Somewhat closely 40 Not very closely 16 Not closely at all 25 (Not sure/refused) 1
  2. 2. (SKIP IF NOT CLOSELY AT ALL) 4. Do you favor or oppose adding a severance tax on natural gas producers in Pennsylvania? Favor 55% Oppose 34 (Not sure/refused) 11 5. Would you support raising taxes on Pennsylvania natural gas producers even if it results in jobs leaving the state and Pennsylvania residents losing their jobs? Yes 33% No 58 (Not sure/refused) 9 6. Would you support raising taxes on Pennsylvania natural gas producers to pay for public employee pensions? Yes 36% No 57 (Not sure/refused) 7 7. If you had to choose between creating new jobs in the natural gas industry for Pennsylvania residents or higher taxes and fees on natural gas producers to fund the state budget, which would you choose? Creating new jobs for PA residents 61% Higher taxes and fees on natural gas producers 28 (Not sure/refused) 11 8. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate for political office that encouraged the growth of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania? More likely 64% Less likely 23 (Not sure/refused) 14 Now I’d like to ask you a few questions for statistical purposes only. 9. What is your age? Under 25 4% 25-29 7 30-34 4 35-39 4 40-44 4
  3. 3. 45-49 7 50-54 10 55-59 14 60-64 13 65+ 31 (Refused) 2 10. Are you registered to vote as a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent or Un-enrolled voter, or something else? Democrat 44% Republican 39 Independent/Un-enrolled 11 Something else 1 (Don’t know/Refused) 5 11. What do you consider your ethnicity to be? White 82% Black or African American 10 Asian 1 Latino or Hispanic 3 (Other—record) 1 (Not sure / Refused) 3 [OBSERVATION] 12. Gender: Female 52% Male 48

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