Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Springfield Residents Satisfied with the City

Knowing what I know about polls I know how easy it is to screw with the results simply in the manner of which the question is asked.

One question I would ask on this poll is did they interview 200 people from each area of town for this total of 800 or did they only call one zip code area ? Simply by manipulating the area of this poll you can skew the results quite easily.

Although nearly 80% of the respondents know of the pension shortfall I wonder what minuscule percentage actually has a grasp of understanding on why it occurred ?

If people vote NO for this tax measure you can be assured that the reason they voted NO is because the understanding that this could occur again quite easily, or they are opposed to paying for something which they have already paid for once. Why would anyone pay for the same thing twice and only receive it once, makes NO sense to me but then again I look at items with some common sense.

As for recycling efforts in the city what prevents these respondents from calling there waste hauler and requesting a recycle bin, or saving the items and placing them in city owned bins throughout the city. When city forces these waste haulers to provide these services many of these same people will probably complain that the monthly cost of trash removal is going to increase.

Springfield Residents Satisfied with the City

By KSPR News

Nearly eight in ten Springfieldians say they like the quality of life in their city, but there are plenty of things they'd like to see improved.

About 800 people were surveyed about the state of the city.

They said traffic flow, street upkeep and police protection were the biggest priorities for the next couple years.

Nearly 80% of people said they knew about the shortfall in the police and fire pension fund.

About one in four people said they were "very willing" to approve a sales-tax increase to replenish the fund.

A similar number said they would not vote for the tax hike.

City leaders say the results show the need to keep the public in the loop.

"Our goal is to make sure we educate people. What we find is when we educate groups of people, the vast majority say I had no idea, and I'm convinced," Springfield City Manager Greg Burris said.

Folks said they would like to see more recycling and energy conservation efforts in the city.

Springfield parks got high marks.

Overall, 66% of those surveyed said they were satisfied or very satisfied with city services.

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