This report summarizes the findings from the 2015 Public Agenda/WNYC New York Metro Area Survey. Residents of the New York metropolitan area feel trapped by rising costs, stagnant wages and a lack of opportunity. At the same time, government gets low ratings on the issues people are most concerned about, and a majority of residents agree that government is mainly responsive to the rich. Still, people are willing to try new government policies and volunteer their time to address key concerns. The 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.
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.
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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.
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