This city has long been a home to me after moving here in the 1970’s, attending school, raising a family and starting several businesses. I undertook funding of the Zandan Poll several years ago, as a longtime citizen of Austin who has watched the community grow and adapt. This survey stemmed from my Austin experience and my professional curiosity to find a way to scientifically measure how Austin citizens feel about the changes going on around them and about their connection to the city. As I continued to hear differing opinions about the past, present, and future of Austin, I decided to offer the Zandan Poll to serve as an objective tool to measure how Austinites really feel about our evolving community.
On April 20th, the 2017 Zandan Poll will be released, continuing the tradition of analyzing Austinites’ opinions on important topics including: growth, affordability, and our city’s unique culture. In addition, this year’s poll also focuses on how Austin views both national and local issues that have been front and center since the election last fall.
For this public opinion poll, 800+ Austin-area residents were surveyed in early March 2017, ending on March 13th before the Spring Break holiday. Respondents from the City of Austin as well as others from Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties were included and the survey was offered in both English and Spanish. The results are demographically representative.
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 fostering productive dialog.
As we embark on the fifth wave of sharing results, my hope is that the 2017 poll continues to be a resource and inspiration for conversation for the Austin community Please join me in the online conversation about the important topics addressed in this year’s poll by using the official hashtag #atxspeaks or going to our Facebook page.
Peter Zandan Ph.D. Poll Executive Director and Financial Sponsor
The Zandan Poll: Voices of the Austin Community is an objective and scientifically-based survey developed and sponsored by Peter Zandan, to increase understanding and dialogue on key community issues.