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Attitudinal Survey of Pennsylvanians, 2019 (2020)

May 09, 2020  | Rural People and Communities

To best serve their communities, policymakers must know the current attitudes of the people who live in their communities. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania sponsored attitudinal surveys of rural and urban Pennsylvanians to learn more about their attitudes on a variety of long-standing and timely issues. The results indicate several areas of consensus in rural and urban attitudes, but also identify a few rural and urban differences. Most respondents in both rural and urban communities had similar attitudes about issues in their local communities, communities across Pennsylvania, and the performance of the government. The one key difference was that rural respondents identified the availability of jobs as the most important issue while urban respondents identified maintenance of roads and bridges as the most important issue.  The importance of expanding broadband internet access was a higher priority for both rural and urban respondents than in previous surveys. 

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Tags:  community , government , jobs , broadband , attitudes


2008 Attitudinal Survey of Pennsylvania Rural Residents (2010)

November 15, 2010  | Rural People and Communities

To learn more about how rural Pennsylvanians view the issues facing the state and their local communities, how their perceptions differ from urban
residents, and how these views have changed across time, the researchers surveyed more than 1,200 rural Pennsylvanians in 2008. They also surveyed more than 1,000 urban residents. The researchers then combined the responses with information from previous rural surveys conducted in 1999, 2000, and 2003 to gauge changes over time.

Tags:  economy , health care , rural communities , affordable housing , attitudes , local government , quality of life , natural resources , state government

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.