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The Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Old Dominion University recently completed data collection for the third 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 2012 survey was provided by the ODU Office of Research and the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. 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 and second Life in Hampton Roads surveys conducted in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The 2010 survey consisted of 106 questions, the 2011

survey consisted of 76 questions, and in 2012, 77 questions were asked of respondents; topics included 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 15 questions are comparable across the three years of data. This report examines the data for all three years and compares the percentage of responses for various questions across the 2010, 2011 and 2012 samples1.