I undertook this project as a longtime citizen of Austin who has watched the community grow and evolve over the years, for better and worse. More and more, I have heard friends, family, colleagues, community leaders and the media talk about Austin’s past and future. Now, more than ever, there seems to be a divergence of opinion regarding our growth and the impact it has brought to our community.
I moved to Austin in the 1970s, went to school here, raised a family and started a number of businesses. Austin has been a great place for me to live, work and grow.
This survey stemmed from my Austin experience and my professional curiosity to find a way to objectively and scientifically measure how Austin citizens feel about the changes going on around them and about their connection to the city.
I have conducted survey research and social analytics for more than 30 years, and I know the benefits it can bring to all civic groups and organizations in addressing problems and opportunities.
I hope this poll helps achieve that goal for the Austin community.
Peter Zandan, Ph.D.
Poll Director and Sponsor
The Zandan Poll: Voices of the Austin Community is an objective and scientifically-based survey developed and commissioned by Peter Zandan, to increase understanding and dialogue on key issues.