OK. That's not hard to believe.
The reasons for their reluctance are just as interesting.
The ranking of hiring-inducing priorities that were ranked “important to extremely important” were as follows:Quoted by Jacobson/Legal Insurrection
- Backlog of work or increased revenue — 88.2 percent
- Evidence of economic expansion — 77.2 percent
- Repeal of Health Care Reform or eliminate uncertainty over its provisions — 71.6 percent
- Reduction in government regulation of business — 62 percent
- Government holds line on debt ceiling — 56.3
- Reduced corporate tax rate to OECD average — 54.3
- Balanced federal budget — 53.9
- Gov’t passes all free trade agreements without delay — 48.8
- Repeal Dodd-Frank or eliminate uncertainty over its provisions — 48.2
The most significant issue (outside of pure-business stuff: orders and expansion signals) is ObamaCare.
This tells us what we always knew: immediate business considerations are first and second. Non-immediates such as ObamaCare, regulation, blahblahblah are relegated to "nice to have" but not "need to have."
Another interesting question would have been this one: "If you choose to expand your workforce, will you use temporary labor or direct-hires?"
That would be very revealing, indeed.