National Citizens Survey

The City of Bainbridge Island 2022 Community Survey - Open to All Residents

The City of Bainbridge Island invites you to provide us with your input.  

https://polco.us/bi2022open

The survey is an opportunity for residents to weigh in.  We hope you participate for several reasons: 

  • The survey provides a fast way for residents to give their input.
  • The survey allows the City to reach out to residents through different communication channels (social media, email, websites, etc.) while gathering resident responses in one central location.
  • The survey keeps individual opinions anonymous, while allowing City staff to see broad demographic and geographic breakdowns.

We hope that, by providing this quick and simple input process, we will hear from more people in our community and from people from varied backgrounds, who have different experiences and interests. 

Getting input from a wide array of residents will help us ensure that we understand the values of our community members. And it will let us be sure that we are representing our neighbors in the large and small decisions we make about programs, policies and strategic plans. 

Background

In order to be able to assess and respond to the needs of Bainbridge Island residents, the City periodically participates in the National Citizens Survey (NCS). The City first participated in the NCS in 2013, again in 2014, and most recently in 2015. In each instance, 1200 surveys were sent to randomly selected Bainbridge Island addresses. In both 2013 and 2014 over 450 surveys were completed and return to the National Research Center (NRC), providing an overall response rate of 40%. 

In 2015, 584 surveys were completed with an overall response rate of 49%. Typically, response rates obtained on citizen surveys range from 25% to 40%. The 2015 response rate results in a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Resident Opinion

Participating in the National Citizen Survey creates an opportunity for the City to use the NRC database of comparative resident opinion, comprised of resident perspectives gathered in citizen surveys from approximately 500 jurisdictions whose residents evaluated local government services and gave their opinion about the quality of community life.

Survey Results

2013

2014

2015

2017