Most Beaverton residents sampled in a recent survey say the city is on the right track.
Though the 54% of 400 participants may not appear to be high — just 19% said the city was on the wrong track — the president of the firm that conducted the survey says other numbers confirm strong approval for specific city services.
"We are seeing a general deterioration in support for institutions in America today," Adam Probolsky told the City Council at a presentation Tuesday, June 11. "So you are not unlike nay municipalities that have a positive number above 50%, which is great."
Probolsky Research, based in California, conducted the survey for the city, which commissions surveys every few years to gauge public opinion on city issues. The latest one took place over a week in February, when 220 residents were called directly (no robocalls) and 180 took part online. Two-thirds of the phone calls were on landlines, one-third on mobile phones. Some interviews were conducted in Spanish.
The margin of error is 4.9 percentage points.
Among the findings:
• Quality of life: 88% rated it as excellent or good, and 10% as fair. Virtually no one said it was poor or very poor.
• Future: 30.3% said Beaverton will be better in 10 years, 41.3% said it will be about the same, 22.8% said it will be worse.
• City communication with the public: 79% were satisfied, 14% did not. 50% said they think public input is valued, 27.8% did not.
• Police and public safety: 90.8% were satisfied, 6.5% did not.
• Neighborhoods: 83.8% rated their neighborhood as safe, 14.5% did not. 91.3% said they would recommend their neighborhood to someone looking to move, 7% did not.
• Library services: 93% were satisfied, 1.5% were not.
• Street maintenance: 77.3% were satisfied, 20.3% were not.
• Sidewalk maintenance: 80% were satisfied, 13.3% were not.
• Growth and development: 61.3% were satisfied, 29% were not.
Asked what they felt were the top issues facing Beaverton, participants listed poverty/homelessness (21.5%), transportation (17.3%) and public safety (15.3%) as their top three. They could choose only one issue.
Asked what they felt the top priorities should be, they said reducing traffic (47%), addressing the homeless (45%), increasing housing availability (35.5%) and preventing crime and drugs (33.8%). They could choose three priorities.
"There is nothing overarching … that is of overriding concern to the community," Probolsky said.
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