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HISD August Bond Election Survey 2012 Final

HISD August Bond Election Survey 2012 Final

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Houston Independent School DistrictAugust, 2012 Bond Election Survey(N=601)(MOE=+/- 4.0%)A telephone survey of 601 registered voters in the Houston Independent School District was designedby Richard Murray, University of Houston and Robert Stein, Rice University. Interviews wereconducted by Hobby Center at the University of Houston between August 23 and September 2, 2012.The survey replicated many questions asked in May/June 2012 survey of HISD voters. This surveyfocused on Anglo voters and reports a smaller less representative sample of African-American andHispanic voters. When the sample is weighted for the proper representation of non-Anglo voters inHISD support for the district's $1.9 billion bond increases by one percent.
Who did we speak with?
The population of registered voters in HISD is skewed towards older persons with a mean age of 52.Among the respondents to the survey 45% were male and 55% were female. In addition Anglo voterswere 50% of the respondents and African-American voters were 30% of respondents. Thoughrespondents tend to be Democrats (47%), only 19% identify themselves as liberal and 35% are self identified conservatives. A fifth (16%) of respondents reported having a child currently enrolled in aHISD school.
Age
 Frequency Percent Valid Percent CumulativePercentValid18-34 42 7.0 7.2 7.235-44 56 9.3 9.6 16.745-64 254 42.3 43.3 60.165+ 234 38.9 39.9 100.0Total 586 97.5 100.0Missing System 15 2.5Total 601 100.0
Interviewer, record gender of respondent.
 
Frequency Percent Valid Percent CumulativePercentValidMale 273 45.4 45.4 45.4Female 328 54.6 54.6 100.0Total 601 100.0 100.0
 
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With which ethnic or racial group do you identify yourself?
 Frequency Percent Valid Percent CumulativePercentValidWhite or Anglo 302 50.2 50.2 50.2Black or African-American178 29.6 29.6 79.9Hispanic 84 14.0 14.0 93.8American Indian orAlaskan Native4 .7 .7 94.5Asian or Pacific Islander 12 2.0 2.0 96.5Other 9 1.5 1.5 98.0Don't Know (DON'TREAD)2 .3 .3 98.3Refuse (DON'T READ) 10 1.7 1.7 100.0Total 601 100.0 100.0
Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as a Republican, a Democrat, anIndependent, or something else?
 Frequency Percent Valid Percent CumulativePercentValidRepublican 144 24.0 24.0 24.0Democrat 284 47.3 47.3 71.2Independent 124 20.6 20.6 91.8Something else 20 3.3 3.3 95.2Don't Know (Don'tRead)8 1.3 1.3 96.5Refused (Don't Read) 21 3.5 3.5 100.0Total 601 100.0 100.0
When it comes to politics, are you liberal, moderate, or conservative, or have you notthought much about this?
 
 
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Frequency Percent Valid Percent CumulativePercentValidLiberal 115 19.1 19.1 19.1Moderate 184 30.6 30.6 49.8Conservative 209 34.8 34.8 84.5Haven't Give It MuchThought67 11.1 11.1 95.7Don't Know (Don't Read) 15 2.5 2.5 98.2Refused (Don't Read) 11 1.8 1.8 100.0Total 601 100.0 100.0
Do you have any children enrolled in HISD schools?
 Frequency Percent Valid Percent CumulativePercentValidYes 73 12.1 15.8 15.8No 390 64.9 84.2 100.0Total 463 77.0 100.0Missing System 138 23.0Total 601 100.0
What is the mood of HISD voters?
More than two-thirds (69%) of HISD voters believe 'things in Houston are on the right track.' In ourMay/June survey 63% of HISD voters thought things in Houston were on the right track. Thirty-sevenpercent of district voters give the district a grade of A or B, while 32% give the district a grade of C.Neighborhood schools received considerably higher grades; 46% of district voters assigned theirneighborhood schools a grade of A or B. Again, these ratings are up about 2 percentage points from theMay/June survey. District voters are optimistic about their family's economic future. Almost half (47%)of the district voters believe their family's financial situation will be better over the next 12 months. Thisfigure is up 12 percentage points from the May/June survey.

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