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Corbett Survey Memo January 2011

Corbett Survey Memo January 2011

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To: Mayor Ron CorbettFrom: Steve GrubbsDate: January 13, 2011Re: Survey results for Cedar Rapids MunicipalBelow you will find the results of your most recent survey. As I am sure you areaware, voters have a belief that the city has made a turn for the better.When we last asked about the city government approval rating in September of 2009, 64% believed that city government was on the wrong track while 23% said itwas headed in the right direction.In this week's survey you will note that those numbers have moved dramaticallywith 38% choosing wrong track and 48% choosing right direction. That shows netpositive movement of 26%, which is a big shift in voter opinion.It's interesting to note, that the optimism of Cedar Rapids voters remainsunchanged. When we last asked the question whether the city's best days wereahead of her, by a 2:1 margin, voters gave an optimistic yes. You will see that in thissurvey, the optimists outnumber the pessimists again by a 2:1 margin.Other notable conclusions:
Voters are open to extending the sales tax if it's used for the right goals
Voters approve of the job you are doing as mayor, but feel much more needsto be done to recruit new jobs to the community.
There has been no wavering in the commitment to build a flood protectionsystem, despite the time that has lapsed since this question was last asked
Most do not see the traffic cameras as a burden, and are more likely to seethem as a benefit.
There is general support for rebuilding the library
Ron Corbett SurveyJanuary 2011
Field Date: January 11-12, 2011Completed Surveys: 400Margin of Error: +/- 4.89%
(c) www.VictoryEnterprises.com8
 
In your opinion, what is the single most important issue facing Cedar Rapids?
Bringing jobs to town.......................................................176 44.0%Reducing the city tax burden..............................................63 15.8%Building a flood protection system...................................100 25.0%Other...................................................................................44 11.0%Don't know/Refused............................................................17 4.3%
Generally speaking, do you think that Cedar Rapids is headed in the right directionor is it off track and moving in the wrong direction?
Right direction..................................................................223 55.8%Wrong track......................................................................137 34.3%Don't Know.........................................................................39 9.8%Refused.................................................................................1 0.3%
And what about city government, is it headed in the right direction or has it gottenoff track and moving in the wrong direction?
Right direction..................................................................191 47.8%Wrong track......................................................................150 37.5%Don't Know.........................................................................59 14.8%Refused.................................................................................0 0
Now thinking about the job mayor Ron Corbett is doing, please tell me if youapprove or disapprove of the job he has done in his first year in office.
Strongly Approve..............................................................110 27.5%Somewhat Approve...........................................................162 40.5%
TOTAL APPROVE........................................................27268.0%
Somewhat Disapprove........................................................51 12.8%Strongly Disapprove...........................................................47 11.8%
TOTAL DISAPPROVE...................................................9824.6%
 No opinion..........................................................................29 7.2%Refused.................................................................................1 0.3%
Federal Government flood job approval
Very good............................................................................27 6.8%Good..................................................................................239 59.8%(c) www.VictoryEnterprises.com9
 
Poor.....................................................................................92 23.0%Very poor............................................................................18 4.5%Undecided...........................................................................23 5.8%Refused.................................................................................1 0.3%
Mayor Ron Corbett flood job approval
Very good............................................................................74 18.5%Good..................................................................................232 58.0%Poor.....................................................................................49 12.3%Very poor............................................................................20 5.0%Undecided...........................................................................24 6.0%Refused.................................................................................1 0.3%
Cedar Rapids City Council flood job approval
Very good............................................................................35 8.8%Good..................................................................................211 52.8%Poor.....................................................................................90 22.5%Very poor............................................................................35 8.8%Undecided...........................................................................28 7.0%Refused.................................................................................1 0.3%
Local business community flood job approval
Very good............................................................................75 18.8%Good..................................................................................224 56.0%Poor.....................................................................................57 14.2%Very poor..............................................................................7 1.8%Undecided...........................................................................37 9.3%Refused.................................................................................0 0
And thinking about the job the city is doing recruiting new jobs to locate in CedarRapids, do you believe they should do more or they are doing about the rightamount?
More..................................................................................272 68.0%Right amount.....................................................................102 25.5%Undecided...........................................................................26 6.5%
The local city sales tax has been in place now for about 18 months. Which is closerto your opinion, the sales tax has been a burden on your family or, the sales tax hasnot been a burden?
Burden.................................................................................93 23.3%(c) www.VictoryEnterprises.com1

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