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Community Scan

Survey Verifies Long-Held Community Priorities for Johnson County

In February 2012, the Overland Park Chamber Foundation completed a community scan of Johnson County voters and businesses that indicates priorities are closely aligned. The goal was to determine if changing demographics and growth in Johnson County have changed our community’s long-standing quality of life priorities.

It has been nearly 30 years since the community engaged in a broad, scientific survey of businesses and residents to seek their opinions about what is most important to them. The community has seen significant growth and changes in those two decades. The current economic recession, new demographics, and the changing political landscape demanded that we take steps to define and confirm those issues crucial to maintaining and enhancing our quality of life and business success in Johnson County. Only then could we collectively focus on addressing those most important issues and finding appropriate solutions.

The survey was conducted by Neil Newhouse, Public Opinion Strategies and utilized a double sample of registered voters through phone interviews, followed by an online survey of business representatives of the chambers of commerce for Overland Park, Shawnee, Leawood, Northeast Johnson, De Soto and Spring Hill. The objective was to conduct a countywide study to determine community and business priorities about issues such as education, transportation, public safety, parks and other quality of life issues, as well as attitudes toward appropriate means and methods of funding community priorities.

Major themes emerged from the survey, indicating that despite the difficult economy of the past several years, Johnson Countians still believe quality of life issues are important to our success.

The raw data of this survey can be found in the following documents:

Interview Results
Businesses - click here
Registered Voters - click here

Crosstabs - Full demographics and geographic locations in the county by city, legislative districts, school districts, etc.
Businesses - click here
Registered Voters - click here

Executive Summary
For a summary of the questions and results, click here.

For a news release on the survey results, click here.

 

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