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Guilderland CSD 2014 School Budget Vote Exit Survey Report

Guilderland CSD 2014 School Budget Vote Exit Survey Report

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Guilderland Central School District's exit survey from its May 20, 2014, budget vote. The survey was voluntary and anonymous.
Guilderland Central School District's exit survey from its May 20, 2014, budget vote. The survey was voluntary and anonymous.

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PRODUCED IN COOPERATION WITH THE CAPITAL REGION BOCES COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE, JUNE 2014
Guilderland
Central School District
2014 School Budget VoteExit Survey Report 
 
3185 3417 3967 3709 3212 2789 2637 874 813 1342 1050 925 587 694 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Voter Turnout Survey completed
Introduction
The Guilderland Central School District conducted an exit survey during its Annual School Budget Vote on May 20, 2014. The purpose was to collect demographic data about who voted on the budget and information about why voters voted the way they did. The survey was voluntary and anonymous. Surveys were made available to
voters at the polling sites for anyone who chose to ill one out after voting,
both electronically and in paper form. While these results do not represent the opinions of all voters, they do provide many residents’ perceptions about the district and its proposed budget. The following data were compiled by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service in cooperation with BOCES public information specialist assigned to Guilderland, Amy
McGeady
.
Please note:
Percentages, where provided, are out of the number of survey participants who responded to that particular question, and not out of the total number of survey  participants. For some questions, total percentages may add up to more than 100% because participants were able to select more than one answer choice.
Guilderland voter turnout and survey participation
In 2014, 2,637 residents voted on Guilderland’s school budget. This voter turnout continued a downward trend since 2010 and was 5% lower than in 2013. [
See chart below.
]
Of the 2,637 residents who voted, 694 chose to ill out an exit survey, a
response rate of 26%. This response rate is 5 percentage points higher than last year’s. [
See chart below.
] Of the 694 completed surveys, 208—or 30%—were completed online, more than triple the percentage from two years ago.
(21%)(29%)(28%)(34%)(24%)(27%)
VOTER TURNOUT AND SURVEY RESPONSE RATE: HISTORICAL TRENDS
In 2014, 26% of
voters filled out
an exit survey, a higher response rate than last year.
(26%)
2014 GUILDERLAND BUDGET VOTE EXIT SURVEY REPORT2
 
5% 4% 4% 33% 35% 32% 35% 34% 36% 28% 27% 28% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 2012 2013 2014 65+ 51-64 31-50 18-30
Polling locations
Based on exit survey participation, Altamont Elementary School was the most popular polling site with 27% of survey participants voting there, compared to 16% in 2013. Westmere Elementary School, which was the most popular polling site for four years in a row among survey participants, had 20% of participants in 2014 — less than half its percentage in 2012 (47%). Survey participation was more evenly distributed among polling sites than in years past, from a low of 14% at Lynwood to a high of 27% at Altamont; in 2012, the low was 7% at Pinebush and the high was 47% at Westmere.
Who voted in Guilderland’s annual budget vote?
Voters by age group
The chart at right classiies voters by age group, as indicated by exit survey data.
The distribution is similar to that of the past two years, with 64% saying they are at least 51 years old.
Town and length of residency
Town of Guilderland residents remain the majority of voters participating in the exit survey, at 91% of respondents. Bethlehem residents constituted 7%, while Knox and New Scotland residents were a combined 2% of survey respondents.Once again, more than half (52%) of the survey respondents said they have been district residents for at least 20 years, while 26% said 11-20 years and 22% said they’ve been residents for 10 years or less. The distribution has been
similar over the past ive years.
AGE DISTRIBUTION OF SURVEY RESPONDENTS: THREE-YEAR TRENDSURVEY RESPONDENTS BY POLLING LOCATION: THREE-YEAR TREND
13% 18% 15% 7% 47% 16% 26% 8% 18% 33% 27% 22% 14% 18% 20% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Altamont Guilderland Lynwood Pinebush Westmere 2012 2013 2014
2014 GUILDERLAND BUDGET VOTE EXIT SURVEY REPORT3

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