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Acton Citizens Survey 2013. Report Prepared by Timothy Brunson, Michaela Hyde, Fatmata Kanu & Seyed Sohi With the Introduction to Political Analysis Students Supervised by Jenifer Whitten- Woodring , Ph.D. Department of Political Science

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acton citizens survey 2013

Acton Citizens Survey 2013

Report Prepared by

Timothy Brunson, Michaela Hyde, FatmataKanu

& SeyedSohi

With the Introduction to Political Analysis Students

Supervised by Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science

In Partnership with The Center for Public Opinion,

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Supported by a Service-Learning Mini-Grant from an MA Board of Higher Education Vision Grant

about the center for public opinion
About the Center for Public Opinion

  • The Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research center at UMass Lowell with the goal of producing and disseminating valuable information of political relevance to people in our surrounding community. We are strongly committed to:
    • Student involvement and participation in the research process
    • Community outreach
    • Rigorous standards
about the survey
About the survey

What is this for?

  • A survey to examine the attitudes of Acton residents regarding:
    • Community Life
    • Local Government
    • Participation
    • Town Services
  • Surveys as a means of responsiveness and accountability
    • "Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a… leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense.“ – George Gallup

By the numbers…

  • 1200 randomly selected Acton households
    • Sent pre-notification
    • Sent surveys in September
  • Response rate:
    • 476/1200 = 40%
      • Telephone surveys typically are 10-15% RR
      • MOE of about +/- 5%
  • Data weighted to census counts on age, households with children and education level (gender of survey respondents matched census counts)
quality of life
Quality of Life

By most metrics, a great place to live!

what makes acton a desirable place to live
What makes Acton a desirable place to live?

Schools, Services, Property Values, Geography


Problems in the Town of Acton

Acton Residents Rate Problems in the Town

property use
Property Use

Opinion of Acton’s current mix of property uses

civic participation in acton
Civic Participation in Acton

High rates of participation

how are town officials doing
How are Town Officials Doing?

Town Employees Rated Good/Excellent

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How are Town Officials Doing?

Town Board/Committees Rated Good/Excellent

summary of findings
Summary of Findings

A Snapshot

  • Acton is a desirable place to live and its citizens enjoy a high quality of life by almost every metric
  • The town scores highest in its ratings on safety, open space and historic preservation and lowest for public transportation options and walk-ability
  • Citizens move to Acton for its property values and public schools
  • Violent crime is not a problem in Acton , but traffic congestion is
  • Acton enjoys reasonably high rates of participation
  • People are shopping more on Route 2A and Kelly’s Corner than in West Acton
  • Most town services are rated quite highly; satisfaction with Acton town government is quite high
post script
  • Thank you
  • Questions and Comments?
  • Final report by year end
  • Cross-tabs