New York State Business Climate Study, May 2001
Appendix

Q202 - Regarding business conditions in the country as a whole, do you think that during the next 12 months the United States will have...?

Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Good times financially 9
2%
5
4%
4
1%
7
2%
2
2%
Good times financially, but with some qualifications 142
33%
38
29%
100
34%
97
31%
45
36%
A little bit of both good times and bad times 221
51%
66
51%
149
51%
162
52%
59
48%
Bad times financially, but with some qualifications 53
12%
19
15%
34
12%
38
12%
15
12%
Bad times financially 10
2%
2
2%
8
3%
7
2%
3
2%
Q205 - Would you say that at the present time, business conditions in the country are?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Better now than they were a year ago 14
3%
4
3%
9
3%
13
4%
1
1%
About the same as they were a year ago 127
29%
34
26%
90
31%
86
28%
41
33%
Worse now than they were a year ago 294
68%
92
71%
196
66%
212
68%
82
62%
Q210 - During the last few months, have you heard about any favorable or unfavorable changes in business conditions?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Yes, more favorable changes than unfavorable 43
10%
15
12%
25
8%
30
10%
13
10%
Yes, more unfavorable changes than favorable 266
61%
85
65%
177
60%
184
59%
82
66%
Yes, equally favorable and unfavorable 103
24%
24
18%
78
26%
78
25%
25
20%
No, neither 23
5%
6
5%
15
5%
19
6%
4
3%
Q215 - What do you predict will happen to interest rates for borrowing money during the next 12 months - will they...?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Go up 17
4%
7
5%
9
3%
13
4%
4
3%
Stay the same 138
32%
48
37%
85
29%
99
32%
39
31%
Go down 270
62%
74
57%
192
65%
193
62%
77
62%
No answer 10
2%
1
1%
9
3%
6
2%
4
3%
Q300 - In terms of creating a positive business climate, do you feel that the economic polices of New York State government are...?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Doing a good job 57
13%
24
18%
30
10%
41
13%
16
13%
Doing a fair job 225
52%
85
65%
136
46%
157
50%
68
55%
Doing a poor job 147
34%
19
15%
125
42%
109
35%
38
31%
No answer 6
1%
2
2%
4
1%
4
1%
2
2%
Q305 - During the coming 12 months in New York State, do you think that there will be...?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
More unempolyment than there is now 255
59%
82
63%
169
57%
182
59%
73
59%
About the same level of unemployment as there is now 160
37%
42
32%
112
38%
114
37%
46
37%
Less unemployment than there is now 18
4%
6
5%
12
4%
13
4%
5
4%
No answer 2
*
-
-
2
1%
2
1%
-
-
Q400 - Do you plan on making capital investments in the next 12 months? (Beyond what you might classify as routine maintenance.)
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Yes 186
43%
52
40%
131
44%
114
37%
72
58%
No 204
47%
65
50%
133
45%
162
52%
42
34%
Not sure 45
10%
13
10%
31
11%
35
11%
10
8%
Q405 - If yes, what is the approximate value of these capital investments?
Base: Respondents Who Plan On Making Capital Investments REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 186 52 131 114 72
$100,000 or less 151
27%
13
25%
37
28%
45
39%
6
8%
$100,001 - 500, 000 52
28%
17
33%
34
26%
33
29%
19
26%
$500,001 or more 68
37%
17
33%
51
39%
26
23%
42
58%
No answer 15
8%
5
10%
9
7%
10
9%
5
7%
Mean ($000s) 1602.4 2024.3 1461.3 550.7 3234.9
Std. Dev. 4766.2 7422.1 3294.7 861.1 7273.7
Median 375.0 327.1 412.5 192.2 887.5
Q410 - What is the likelihood that you will add new employees in the next 12 months?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
I have definite plans 88
20%
24
18%
62
21%
48
15%
40
32%
There is a possibility I'll add employess 138
32%
47
36%
87
29%
103
33%
35
28%
I do not plan to add employees 139
32%
37
28%
100
34%
107
34%
32
26%
Not sure 66
15%
21
16%
44
15%
49
16%
17
14%
No answer 4
1%
1
1%
2
1%
4
1%
-
-
Q415 - If you have definite plans to hire new employees in the next 12 months, approximately how many do you intend to hire?
Base: Respondents Who Plan On Hiring New Employees REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 88 24 62 48 40
1-10 54
61%
14
58%
38
61%
41
85%
13
33%
11-20 17
19%
6
25%
11
18%
5
10%
12
30%
21 or more 17
19%
4
17%
13
21%
2
4%
15
38%
Mean 16.0
15.3 16.7 7.3 26.5
Std. Dev. 20.2
21.1 20.2 6.8 25.4
Median 9.3 7.0 9.8 5.0 16.5
Q420 - What is the likelihood that you will reduce the size of your workforce in the next 12 months?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
I have define plans 21
5%
8
6%
12
4%
12
4%
9
7%
There is a possibility I'll reduce the size of the workforce 89
20%
24
18%
64
22%
59
19%
30
24%
I do not plan to reduce the size of the workforce 253
58%
74
57%
172
58%
181
58%
72
58%
Not sure 68
16%
24
18%
43
15%
56
18%
12
10%
No answer 4
1%
-
-
4
1%
3
1%
1
1%
Q425 - If you have plans to reduce the size of your workforce in the next 12 months, by how many employees do you expect to reduce?
Base: Respondents Who Pan To Reduce Size Of Workforce REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 21 8 12 12 9
1-5 11
52%
4
50%
6
50%
9
75%
2
22%
6-10 2
10%
1
13%
1
8%
1
8%
1
11%
11-50 5
24%
2
25%
3
25%
1
8%
4
44%
51 or more 2
10%
1
13%

1
8%
-
-

2
22%
No answer 1
5%
-
-
1
8%
1
8%
-
-
Mean 24.6 24.8 26.5 4.5 49.2
Std. Dev. 47.5 35.0 58.1 3.9 64.0
Median 5.8 5.5 7.0 3.2 26.1
Q430 - In your opinion, what effect will President Bush's tax cut plan have on your business?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Positive effect/favorable 93
21%
21
16%
72
24%
58
19%
35
28%
Frees up spending money 37
9%
8
6%
29
10%
27
9%
10
8%
Stimulates business/economy 32
7%
8
6%
24
8%
27
9%
5
4%
It will help 20
5%
4
3%
16
5%
13
4%
7
6%
Very little effect 53
12%
13
10%
38
13%
38
12%
15
12%
Other 43
10%
15
12%
28
9%
33
11%
10
8%
None/nothing 95
22%
42
32%
52
18%
67
22%
28
23%
Don't know 16
4%
4
3%
11
4%
12
4%
4
3%
No answer 25
8%
15
12%
25
8%
37
12%
9
7%
Q500 - Type of organization
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
A publicly held corporation 18
4%
4
3%
13
4%
9
3%
9
7%
Privately held 410
94%
125
96%
281
95%
296
95%
114
92%
No answer 7
2%
1
1%
1
*
6
2%
1
1%
Q505 - Company headquaters location
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Downstate NY (New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, or Rockland counties) 130
30%
130
100%
-
-
98
32%
32
26%
Upstate NY (All other counties) 295
26%
-
-
295
100%
204
66%
91
73%
No answer 10
2%
-
-
-
-
9
3%
1
1%
Q510 - Last year, what was your organization's total revenue (before taxes)?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
Less than $1M 51
12%
13
10%
33
11%
43
14%
8
6%
$1 - 5M 79
18%
32
25%
44
15%
72
23%
7
6%
31
24%
109
25%
31
24%
78
26%
97
31%
12
10%
$11 - 20M 98
23%
26
20%
70
24%
64
21%
34
27%
$21M or more 98
23%
28
22%
70
24%
35
11%
63
51%
Mean (Millions) 22.7 21.7 23.8 11.6 50.5
Std. Dev. 58.7 50.4 62.9 29.9 93.9
Median 9.8 9.0 10.1 7.2 20.8
Q515 - Approximately how many employees (full-time or full-time equivalents) do you have?
Base: All Respondents REGION SIZE
  Total Down-State Up-State Less than 100 100 or more
Base 435 130 295 311 124
No employees/self-employees 20
5%
6
5%
9
3%
20
6%
-
-
1-25 103
24%
42
32%
58
20%
103
33%
-
-
26-50 104
24%
34
26%
69
23%
104
33%
-
-
51-100 104
24%
19
15%
85
29%
84
27%
20
16%
101 or more 104
24%
29
22%
74
25%
-
-
104
84%
Mean 117.3 100,4 128.1 36.5 320.1
Std. Dev. 289.1 214.3 320.4 25.0 485.2
Median 50.3 40.5 59.9 34.9 152.5

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