What's At Issue Here?
New York Metro Area Residents on the Problems That Concern Them Most
Throughout 2015, we worked with WNYC to survey residents of the New York metropolitan region. We wanted to know how area residents are thinking about public issues like education, income inequality, housing costs, taxes, crime and police-community relations.
We explored our findings with Brian Lehrer on his daily WNYC show - you can listen to those segments here. We also examine the results in a report and series of blog posts, which you can access below.
How much do these views reflect your concerns, whether you live in the New York metro region or not? Tweet us your thoughts with the hashtag #NYMetroSurvey.
The Public Agenda/WNYC Survey is the first annual Deborah Wadsworth Fund Project and is possible thanks in large part to the generosity of our donors. The survey will help inform our next annual Deborah Wadsworth project, through which we'll seek to find collaborative solutions to an issue local residents care and worry deeply about.
Does this work interest you? Please donate to the Deborah Wadsworth Fund today to support our continued work in the New York metro area. As a donor to the Deborah Wadsworth Fund, you will receive an invitation to the announcement of our second annual Deborah Wadsworth Project in November!
This PDF summarizes main findings from the 2015 Public Agenda/WNYC New York Metro Area Survey.
This document includes a full description of the questions asked in the survey, complete survey responses and a comprehensive methodology report.
Press Release, October 12, 2015
New York Metropolitan Area Residents Feel Trapped by Economic Insecurity, According to New Public Agenda/WNYC Survey; Most Say Government Responds to the Wealthy, Not Them
Press Release, October 12, 2015
Public Agenda/WNYC Survey Finds Stark Racial Differences in How New York Metropolitan Area Residents View Crime, Policing
Black and Hispanic Residents Twice as Likely as Whites to View Police-Community Relations as a Serious Problem
Regardless of where they live, affordability is what residents of the greater NY metro region worry about the most.
Most New York area residents say it's ok for wealthy people to get wealthier as long as everyone else also has a good chance to get ahead. The problem is, people don't feel like they're getting that chance.
New York area residents see a place for both the government and for themselves in solutions to the region's problems.
New York area residents say high taxes are a big problem, yet they want more government spending on housing and education. What gives?
Results from our recent survey with WNYC suggest that the communities that may need police the most are also likely to say their relations with the police are most problematic.
The Public Agenda/ WNYC New York Metro Area Survey was conducted between June 29 and July 21, 2015 with 1,535 residents in the New York metro area, including New York City, Long Island, Southern New York State, Northern New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Additional responses were collected from 219 residents on a small subset of questions between August 25 and September 4, 2015. Some questions were posed to random subsamples of the overall sample, including the reported questions on people’s view on policing and crime, which explains why the total number of responses on these questions is smaller than the total survey sample. Data were collected via phone, including cellphone, and online, and weighted to be representative of known demographics in the region.