The Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Old Dominion University recently completed data collection for the second annual Life in Hampton Roads telephone survey. The purpose of the survey was to gain insight into residents’ perceptions of the quality of life in Hampton Roads. The survey also attempted to determine the attitudes and perceptions of citizens regarding topics of local interest such as transportation and traffic, local and state government, crime, and other issues. Funding for the 2011 survey was provided by the ODU Office of Research and the Office of University Advancement. Questions were generated through email invitations to faculty throughout the University community. Questions of interest were submitted, and the overall pool of questions was narrowed down by SSRC staff and the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Arts and Letters. New questions were included along with several questions from the first Life in Hampton Roads survey conducted in 2010. The 2010 survey consisted of 106 questions and the 2011 survey consisted of 76 questions which asked respondents about media and news consumption, arts, culture, and travel, quality of life, transportation, local and state government and political issues, environmental issues, health and education, housing, spirituality and well-being, neighborhood issues and crime, military life, and basic demographic information. In addition to basic demographic questions, a total of 35 questions are comparable across the two years’ data. This report examines the data for both years and compares the percentage of responses for various questions across the 2010 and 2011 samples1.
Social Science Research Center, Old Dominion University, "2011 Life in Hampton Roads Survey" (2011). Life in Hampton Roads Survey Report. 32.