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ERIC Number: ED141033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb-6
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A Comparison of Citizen and Leader Perceptions of Selected Quality of Life Indicators.
Purohit, Sally R.; Clonts, Howard A.
A total enumeration of elected and appointed officials, a 30% sample of business firms in each of 3 counties, and a 2% sample of the household residents (N=a total of 800 respondents living in a 3-county rural area of Alabama) were surveyed for purposes of comparing the attitudes of leaders and citizens toward public services and economic development as related to quality of life. The demographic variables employed were: age, race, sex, work status, occupation, type of residence, and type of road. The public service variables were: water, sewage, solid waste disposal, health, public schools, telephone, energy, fire protection, welfare, law enforcement, media, recreation, libraries, and adult education. Results indicated: definite dissimilarities between specific attitudes in the three counties; substantial differences among the same sectors in different counties; substantial importance in some determinants' influence upon the levels of satisfaction with public services and perception of quality of life (differential access to resources - availability vs nonavailability of public services; differences in perspective, as exhibited by leaders with a universalistic outlook or citizens with a particularistic outlook; and differences in personal characteristics, such as sex, race, etc.). (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama