Generally the survey results mesh well with what I hear in my day to day work. The survey indicated, for example, that the people generally like the direction the city is going and that snow plowing and park and rec services are of high priority.
Providing quality drinking water - Similar
Animal control services - Similar
Keeping streets clean - Similar
Repairing streets - Similar
Snow removal - Much below
Police services - Much below
Fire protection and emergency medical response - Much below
The report calls out two particular areas of focus based on services ranked of very high importance but that were below the national benchmarks: snow removal and providing park and recreation services. Additionally, discrimination continues to be a problem for a percentage of residents. As in previous years (2001 -2011), about one in 6 respondents reported experiencing discrimination in Minneapolis. Most was identified as discrimination based on race or economic status. It was discouraging to learn that more than last year (14% vs 7%) reported experiencing discrimination in dealing with the City enterprise itself.
While one must be cautious using and interpreting data from a survey of only 1,378 residents, this does offer us a rare opportunity to get specific data about how resident view our city and city services that we can compare with other years and other communities. Used properly, and with other measures it can inform our planning and priorities for the future. To find the full report and do you own analysis visit here and let me know what you learn.