Topics of Interest
DHM Research conducted an online survey in June/July of 2014, which offered a glimpse into areas of interest for residents of Washington County. Specifically, respondents were given a list of topics related to community development in their neighborhood and were asked to rate how likely each topic would be to prompt them to attend a public meeting or hearing. A rating of 0 meant the topic would not interest respondents and would not prompt them to attend. A rating of 10 meant it was very interesting and would prompt them to attend. Most notable were "Public Infastructure" and "Public Facilities."
Clean Water Services
During June and July, 2014, DHM Research conducted an online survey of Westside Voices and Opt In members in Washington County to assess their awareness and satisfaction regarding the management of their community’s water resources. The survey found that a large majority of customers (82%) are aware of Clean Water Services and (65%) have a favorable opinion of the organization.
Customers were asked, to the best of their knowledge, what happens to the water that enters their neighborhood or local storm drains or drainage ditches. A majority (53%) believe that the water is directed to the nearest river, stream or wetland, while two in 10 (22%) believe it is directed to the sewer treatment plant. Another two in 10 (22%) were unsure. It is notable that the percentage of people who are aware that stormwater is directed to the nearest river, stream or wetland has increased over the past several years (2006: 32%; 2010: 40%; 2012: 42%; 2014: 53%).
To learn more about Clean Water Services, visit cleanwaterservices.org.
Washington County Transportation
In May of 2014, DHM Research conducted a telephone survey of 400 registered voters in Washington County and asked about possible transportation investments. Similar to the results from the year before, respondents noted highest interest in road and high way maintenance followed by the use of technology to improve traffic flow and and reduce congestion. To learn more and review survey results visit www.co.washington.or.us/vrf.
Washington County Library Services
In June and July, 2014, DHM Research conducted an online survey of Westside Voices and Opt In members in Washington County which noted support for local libraries as an informational source:
- Often I pick up information sheets from the library on community activities. That might be a good place to have information—Female, 65+
- The library is a great place for people to get information on their community—Female, 25-34
- I'd see a notice posted at the library before I'd see one in a newspaper - even an online one—Female, 35-54
- Information disseminated through the local library, the local schools, and the local news channels are effective ways of getting information out to the public—Female, 35- 54
In a June 2013, 73% of just over 2000 participants said that their library does a good or excellent job of managing taxpayer dollars. To learn more and review survey results visit http://goo.gl/fb/qVvwb.