Poll

Consumer confidence is high. Is that reflected in your stores’ revenues?

  • Not really (41%, 271 Votes)
  • Somewhat (35%, 230 Votes)
  • Most definitely (24%, 164 Votes)

Total Voters: 665

Do you expect the Republican party’s proposed tax reforms will help or hurt the retailing industry?

  • Help (48%, 2,853 Votes)
  • Hurt (33%, 2,000 Votes)
  • Very little impact (11%, 653 Votes)
  • Not sure (8%, 486 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,992

Do you think holiday 2016 sales will be:

  • Better than last year (40%, 1,092 Votes)
  • About the same as last year (35%, 947 Votes)
  • Worse than last year (25%, 664 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,703

Which of the presumed presidential nominees would have the most positive impact on the retail industry:

  • Donald Trump (56%, 2,637 Votes)
  • Hillary Clinton (31%, 1,465 Votes)
  • Both would be about the same (13%, 603 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,705

Were holiday 2015 sales:

  • Better than expected (38%, 352 Votes)
  • Below expectations (37%, 340 Votes)
  • In line with expectations (25%, 230 Votes)

Total Voters: 922

Do you think the new overtime pay proposal will:

  • Hurt the economy (46%, 844 Votes)
  • Help the economy (37%, 679 Votes)
  • Not sure yet (17%, 329 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,852

Will the recent changes made to Apple Pay encourage greater adoption by consumers?

  • Yes (51%, 73 Votes)
  • No (49%, 71 Votes)

Total Voters: 144

Do you think Ron Johnson's new retail start-up Enjoy has legs?

  • No (64%, 212 Votes)
  • Not Sure (20%, 66 Votes)
  • Yes (16%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 332

Do you think Starbucks has taken the notion of business social advocacy too far with its race relations initiative?

  • Yes (66%, 555 Votes)
  • No (24%, 204 Votes)
  • Undecided (10%, 77 Votes)

Total Voters: 836

Do you expect business conditions to improve throughout 2015?

  • Yes (60%, 438 Votes)
  • No (28%, 205 Votes)
  • Unsure (12%, 88 Votes)

Total Voters: 731

Many industry forecasts predict holiday sales will rise 4- to 4.1% this year. Based on early data, do you think

  • Sales will come in under predictions (42%, 306 Votes)
  • Sales will rise in line with forecasts (21%, 156 Votes)
  • Sales will be flat with last year (17%, 123 Votes)
  • Sales will exceed forecasts (16%, 116 Votes)
  • Uncertain (4%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 735

Do you think the Republican victories in the mid-term elections will have a positive impact on retail?

  • Yes (57%, 452 Votes)
  • No (24%, 193 Votes)
  • Doesn't matter (19%, 143 Votes)

Total Voters: 788

Do you agree with American companies finding merger partners outside the U.S. to lower their taxes?

  • No (70%, 935 Votes)
  • Yes (30%, 394 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,329

Do you agree that closely held companies have the right to refuse to provide certain kinds of health care to their employees?

  • Yes (54%, 402 Votes)
  • No (46%, 345 Votes)

Total Voters: 747

Does your company intend to put more of a focus on hiring part-time employees as a result of the Affordable Health Care Act?

  • Yes (61%, 349 Votes)
  • No (39%, 220 Votes)

Total Voters: 569

Should the minimum wage rise to $10.10?

  • Yes (52%, 633 Votes)
  • No (48%, 585 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,218

Do you think that moving from magnetic-strip to chip-based credit cards will significantly curb fraud?

  • Yes, but it has to be accompanied by other security measures. (54%, 99 Votes)
  • Yes (27%, 49 Votes)
  • No (19%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 183

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  • AT&T, LaGrange, Ill. (33%, 91 Votes)
  • Polaroid Fotobar, Delray Beach, Fla. (20%, 56 Votes)
  • Hointer, Seattle (17%, 48 Votes)
  • Converse, San Francisco (16%, 44 Votes)
  • Marks & Spencer, Amsterdam (14%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 277

Do you think that Walmart, Target, Sears and other retailers were right in cutting their ties with Paula Deen?

  • No (73%, 917 Votes)
  • Yes (27%, 332 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,249

Do you think replacing Ron Johnson as CEO of J.C. Penney with his predecessor, Myron Ullman, was a good business decision?

  • Yes — but only as a short-term solution (49%, 404 Votes)
  • No (30%, 252 Votes)
  • Yes (21%, 173 Votes)

Total Voters: 829

The Harvard Business Review just named Amazon's Jeff Bezos the world's best-performing CEO. Do you:

  • Agree somewhat (that description is a little over the top) (42%, 130 Votes)
  • Agree (31%, 98 Votes)
  • Disagree (27%, 85 Votes)

Total Voters: 313

Over the next 12 months, do you expect the economy will:

  • Improve somewhat (36%, 356 Votes)
  • Spiral downward (28%, 277 Votes)
  • Stay the same (26%, 260 Votes)
  • Improve significantly (10%, 98 Votes)

Total Voters: 991

Is your company doing better today than it was four years ago?

  • No (49%, 231 Votes)
  • Yes (44%, 210 Votes)
  • Other (send comments to [email protected]) (7%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 473

What impact will the recently-upheld Affordable Care Act have on your business?

  • Negative (58%, 302 Votes)
  • Positive (14%, 71 Votes)
  • None at all (11%, 56 Votes)
  • Minimal (9%, 49 Votes)
  • Other (send comments to [email protected]) (8%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 525

What is your retail chain’s top-priority investment area when it comes to capital spending?

  • Information technology (33%, 32 Votes)
  • Geographic expansion (29%, 28 Votes)
  • Marketing (23%, 23 Votes)
  • New products or services (15%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 98

Do you think J.C. Penney's new three-tier pricing strategy will:

  • Confuse customers (40%, 274 Votes)
  • Have little long-term impact on J.C. Penney sales (35%, 242 Votes)
  • Win customers over (25%, 175 Votes)

Total Voters: 691

Is mobile POS a key strategic priority for your chain in 2012?

  • Yes (60%, 125 Votes)
  • No (40%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 208

How are you feeling about the upcoming holiday season?

  • Cautiously optimistic (44%, 201 Votes)
  • It will be flat with last year (22%, 102 Votes)
  • Not good at all (18%, 83 Votes)
  • It’s going to come down to the wire so it’s too early to say (16%, 68 Votes)

Total Voters: 454

Do you agree with Starbucks’ Howard Schultz that companies should start using their cash now to accelerate job creation?

  • Yes (79%, 395 Votes)
  • No (21%, 108 Votes)

Total Voters: 503

Do expect your August same-store sales to be negatively impacted by Hurricane Irene?

  • No (71%, 12 Votes)
  • Yes (29%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

Is your company opening stores outside of North America, or have plans to do so in the near future?

  • No (60%, 48 Votes)
  • Yes (40%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

Will Apple Stores' Ron Johnson be able to tranform J.C. Penney Co.?

  • Yes (51%, 123 Votes)
  • No (49%, 118 Votes)

Total Voters: 241

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