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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

UCSB Public Survey -- Finding the Obvious?

Our friends at edHat provided a link to the UCSB "Central Coast Survey" which shed light on a few things such as the fact that lack of affordable housing is a major concern among us. Another obvious result was their Reagan question which asked if we feel better off economically today than we did last year. The percentage has tripled from the year before. Here's another point you may have been able to surmise:
Fifty-eight percent of all respondents indicated that high gas prices have placed a strain on their household budgets, and 29 percent described that strain as substantial.

Kidding aside, I like the fact that they did the survey and hope it becomes an annual tradition at the Sociology Department. Here's the full survey at their website

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Anonymous 55mph or shut up already said...

Drop to 55mph and you cut your gas consumption 25%. Just proved this to myself on a trip to SF. So quit yer complainin' if you are the 99.99% still buzzing along the highways at 80mph. Life in the Slow Lane is the best antidote for high gas prices. An it can bring relief instantly.

6/17/2008 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Vallejo said...

There were actually enormous differences in the survey results for Latinos and Whites.

So much so that there are really `Two South Coasts' - a Latino one and a White one. You missed that entirely, Sara.

6/18/2008 8:15 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

ummm, yeah -- another obvious result of the survey I think? No, I didn't name them all -- glad you saw that though.

6/18/2008 9:36 PM  
Anonymous vallejo said...

Obvious? I don't think so. No media around here really covers the deep-seated differences in viewpoints between Latino and White communities.

Gang violence and White flight from the Elementary schools gets covered, but those are symptoms.

Both Latino and White communities agreed that illegals are too vocal in demanding more rights. That was not obvious.

A majority of Republicans around here favor a path to citizenship for illegals. That was not obvious.

Perhaps it was obvious to some that Latinos would say illegal immigrants do not strain public services (62%), while Whites say illegals do strain (by 78%) them. That was not at all obvious to me.

To me, this survey is way, way more valuable than all the really cruddy media coverage of these issues, including the Indy, Sound, here, etc. Real media tries to sort out serious questions... the LA Times used to have real serious polling.

6/19/2008 8:13 AM  

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