NEW YORK, NY (November 19, 2010) — A majority of the nation’s association executives were pleased with the midterm election results, according to the latest industry opinion survey by Kellen Company, the global association management and consulting firm. More than 55 percent of respondents said they were very pleased or somewhat pleased with the outcome.
The survey, which was distributed to over 600 leaders of national and regional trade associations across the United States, revealed that sixty-three percent of executives feel that the impact of the election results on their industry will be very positive or somewhat positive. A significant minority, however (26 percent), feel it is still too early to tell.
Asked their top priorities for the new Congress, most executives not surprisingly list greater efforts to create jobs by supporting industry and manufacturing in the United States. Extension of the Bush tax cuts and the repeal or significant changes to the health care reform legislation are also seen as priorities.
When asked their industry needs, respondents repeatedly noted a need for “greater certainty” in financial, energy and environmental policies and “re-established trust so money will begin to flow again”.
With respect to federal agencies, respondents suggested that many could be eliminated, while others needed better direction and supervision from Congress. These included EPA (primarily), the Energy Department, HUD, OSHA, CPSC, FDA, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae – and the IRS.
Most respondents identified themselves as independents.