Metro Atlanta Speaks: Taking the Pulse of Metro Residents

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The Atlanta Regional Commission wanted to know what our residents think about metro Atlanta. Recently, ARC commissioned one of the largest public opinion surveys in our region’s history. The result is the first “Metro Atlanta Speaks” regional survey. We now have a statistically valid snapshot of what residents in our 10-county region think about some of the major issues and opportunities here.

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Metro Atlanta Speaks: Taking the Pulse of Metro Residents

  1. 1. Taking the Pulse of Metro Residents Atlanta Regional Commission For more information contact: mcarnathan@atlantaregional.com
  2. 2. Metro Atlanta Speaks This public opinion survey, conducted by the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University, asked more than 2,100 voting-age residents to voice their opinions on how the 10-county Atlanta region rates in terms of key quality-oflife issues like transportation, education, the economy, the arts and aging in the Atlanta region. This statistically-significant survey paints a fascinating picture of the Atlanta region. While it is important to get a point-in-time understanding of how residents perceive the quality-of-life in metro Atlanta, the true value of this survey will be to understand how these perceptions change over time. This is the first year we have conducted Metro Atlanta Speaks. ARC, along with other community partners, plans to continue this survey so we can build on this valuable intelligence every year. Survey margin of error is +/- 2.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.
  3. 3. What is the Biggest Problem Facing The Atlanta Region? 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0%
  4. 4. Rate The Availability of Job Opportunities in Metro Atlanta... Don't Know, 7.7% Excellent, 6.7% Poor, 20.3% Good, 29.0% Fair, 36.3%
  5. 5. Compared to Other Metropolitan Areas, Rate the Economy of Metro Atlanta... 40.0% 35.0% 38.0% 36.6% 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% 17.3% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% Much or Slightly Better Much or Slightly Worse About the Same
  6. 6. Rate Metro Atlanta As A Place To Live... Poor, 4.6% Don't Know, 0.8% Excellent, 14.5% Excellent Fair, 27.5% Good Fair Poor Don't Know Good, 52.5%
  7. 7. Will Living Conditions Be Better or Worse in Metro Atlanta in 3-4 years? Better in 3-4 years, 27.8% Better in 3-4 years About the same, 39.1% Worse in 3-4 years About the same Worse in 3-4 years, 30.5%
  8. 8. Has Traffic in Metro Atlanta Gotten Better or Worse in Last 3-4 Years? Gotten Better 7.0% About the Same, 33.8% Gotten Worse, 56.8% Don't Know 2.4% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
  9. 9. Best Long-Term Solution to Traffic Problems in Metro Area? Don't Know, 4.5% Do Nothing, 2.7% Develop Communities in Which People Live Close to Where They Work, 21.9% Improvements to Public Transportation, 40.9% Better Roads & Highways, 30.0%
  10. 10. How Important is Improved Public Transportation For Metro Atlanta's Future? Not Important At All 8.8% Somewhat Important 17.1% Very Important 71.3% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% Don't Know 2.7% 100%
  11. 11. Best Way for Metro Atlanta to Accommodate Growth? Other, 0.9% Don't Know, 5.0% Build New Suburbs, 18.3% Redevelop Older Areas, 75.8%
  12. 12. If You Could Live Anywhere in Metro Area, What Type of Neighborhood Would You Prefer? Don't Know, 2.9% Single Family Residential Area Mixed Development, 39.2% Single Family Residential Area, 57.9% Mixed Development Don't Know
  13. 13. Rate Public Education In... 40.0% 35.0% 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% Your District Metro-Wide Your District Metro-Wide Your District Metro-Wide Your District Metro-Wide Excellent Good Fair Poor
  14. 14. How Would You Rate Your Neighborhood As A Place To Live? Poor, 4.7% Don't Know, 0.2% Fair, 15.0% Excellent Excellent, 33.2% Good Fair Poor Don't Know Good, 47.0%
  15. 15. How Long Does It Take You to Get to Work From Your Home? 35.0 30.0 32.5 25.0 25.0 20.0 15.0 10.0 5.0 0.0 Average Commute Time Median Commute Time
  16. 16. Rate Availability of Cultural Events and Venues in Metro Area Don't Know 3.6% Excellent, 23.7% 0% 10% 20% Good, 44.6% 30% 40% 50% Fair, 22.6% 60% 70% 80% Poor 5.6% 90% 100%
  17. 17. Biggest Problem Associated With Growing Old in Metro Atlanta? 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% Staying in Own Home Financial Issues Affordable Housing Locating Other Services Transportation Don't Know Other
  18. 18. Primary Source of Information on Current Events? Word of Mouth, 5.3% Other, 1.6% Don't Know, 0.6% Television Radio Television, 38.7% Internet, 34.0% Newspapers Internet Word of Mouth Other Don't Know Radio, 11.1% Newspapers, 8.7%

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