ERIC Number: ED451013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Attitudinal Survey of Pennsylvania's Rural Residents.
Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
Telephone surveys of 844 residents in 42 rural Pennsylvania counties established baseline data on rural opinions about 14 public policy issues. Concerning government spending, respondents felt that too little was spent on job creation, aging issues, child care, education, health services, and farming and agriculture; funding was about right for parks and recreation, historic preservation, and public transportation; and too much was spent on welfare services. Respondents showed a moderate to high level of trust and confidence in major governmental institutions, including schools, but only 37 percent had confidence in Congress. The four most important policy areas to rural residents were education, public safety, jobs/economic development, and health services, as indicated by a rating of 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. Property taxes rated 9, followed by roads, environment, state taxes, and farm issues at 8. Issues in which performance did not measure up to importance included jobs and economic development, property taxes, health services, education, public safety, state taxes, zoning, environment, transportation, farm issues, welfare, and parks and recreation. Attitudes about local governmental cooperation were split. Support was strong for local control of "sprawl," but not as strong for state control. A majority of respondents saw their community as a good place to live and supported their local business community. Problems with health care were related more to cost than availability. (TD)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Economic Development, Educational Attitudes, Government Role, Public Education, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Rural Areas, State Surveys
Center for Rural Pennsylvania, 200 North Third St., Suite 600, Harrisburg, PA 17101; Tel: 717-787-9555. Full text at Web site: http://www.ruralpa.org/AttitudinalSurvey2000.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania