Biennial Citizen Survey
Since 2004, the City has conducted a biennial citizen survey to track customer satisfaction with City services, to identify citizen priorities, and to get input on significant community issues. The survey is conducted by telephone with 300-400 randomly-selected Island residents of all ages.
|The Citizen Survey is conducted every two years|
The survey represents the only statistically valid information the staff currently receives on most City services. The survey adds value by creating a feedback loop that is helpful in identifying areas of concern with City services, in determining information gaps with the public that need to be bridged, and in allocating scarce resources during the biennial budget process.
EMC is a full-service opinion research firm founded in 1989; it has been involved in thousands of public opinion studies, ranging from political and public policy strategy polls to extensive market share and customer satisfaction surveys. They have conducted Mercer Islandís biennial budget survey since May 2004.
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Over time, some trends are apparent:
- In 2010, traffic/transportation/parking was the most important problem cited by respondents.
- In 2012, education/school funding emerged as the top concern.
- In 2014, concern over the possible tolling of I-90 emerged as the top concern.
- In 2016, traffic/transportation/parking tied with overdevelopment at the leading concern.
Through recent years, community optimism has remained fairly consistent...
- Between 65% and 75% believe the City is "heading in the right direction."
- In 2014, 66% of residents felt the City was using tax dollars responsibly, compared to 49% in 2012, and only 38% with respect to King County's use of tax dollars.
- In 2014, almost all respondents in 2014 (87%) said they feel safe walking alone in their neighborhood.
While this survey provides consistent feedback on a biennial basis, the City Council and City staff always welcome citizen comments.
Contact the City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Chip Corder at email@example.com or 206-275-7780.