ERIC Number: ED328105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
The Virginia Survey. Results from a Statewide Survey on Higher Education and Environmental Problems.
Gilley, J. Wade; Dietz, Thomas
The study described in this report was designed to measure the attitudes of Virginians towards higher education in Virginia and towards some environmental problems facing the Commonwealth. The survey questioned 517 Virginia citizens over age 18 whose households were chosen through random-digit-telephone dialing. Among the findings of the survey were the following: (1) even though Virginians would give a grade of "B" to their state four-year and two-year institutions, 50% of the respondents felt tuition at these same colleges and universities was too high; (2) 54% of those surveyed said they would support a tax increase for higher education; (3) 95% of the respondents could name the community college in their area; and (4) 60% considered community colleges very important to the economy of their communities. Nearly 90% of those surveyed considered Virginia a "good" or "excellent" place to live. Regarding the environment, 89% favored regulation of pesticides and fertilizers, and 94% supported recycling of trash. Additionally, 92% of those surveyed were aware of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Respondents expressed a strong concern with the "greenhouse effect," and a majority favored government-funded programs to plant more forests and help people save energy; however, they were also opposed to higher taxes on gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and other kinds of energy. Appendices contain information on characteristics of the sample and survey methodology. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. Northern Virginia Survey Research Lab.