Sarasota County releases annual citizen-satisfaction survey

Sarasota County releases annual citizen-satisfaction survey

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Since 1992, Sarasota County has conducted an annual citizen-opinion survey designed to elicit feedback from a broad base of residents. Recently, the 25th edition of the survey was released following a random sample of 800 Sarasota County residents age 18 or older.
 
One of the biggest changes in this year’s results include an 11% increase in the number of respondents rating the quality of life in Sarasota County as being “excellent.” In addition, traffic congestion, a new response option, immediately became noted as the biggest threat to Sarasota County’s economy. That sentiment mirrored what citizens noted as being the “most important” county budget priority: public transportation/traffic congestion. Still, 93% of respondents indicated some degree of satisfaction with County services. 
 
While citizens overwhelmingly (97%) agreed that the quality of life in Sarasota County is either “excellent” or “good,” concerns over population growth and new development headlined the list of most important issues facing the County for the third year in a row. It’s important to note, however, that the improving economy, which is likely giving citizens some relief, has also likely given rise to the growth and new development occurring. Beforehand, from 2008 to 2013, the economy and jobs outweighed all other important issues in the mind of citizens.
 
Click here to view an executive summary of the survey.
 
Click here to review the survey in its entirety.