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The Social Science and Research Center (SSRC) at Old Dominion University recently conducted a Life in Hampton Roads telephone survey with the purpose of gauging the relative satisfaction regarding life in Hampton Roads. Additional goals of the survey were to determine the attitudes and perceptions of citizens regarding local issues, economics, government, as well as other key issues. In order to generate questions for the Life in Hampton Roads (LIHR) survey, Dr. Xiushi Yang, Director of the SSRC sent a University-wide email to invite faculty to submit questions of interest to them for the survey. This would allow faculty to obtain pilot data from a local sample relating to research topics of interest to them. First year funding was supplied by the ODU Office of Research. The initial email invitation generated approximately 200 questions, which were narrowed down by SSRC staff and the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Arts and Letters. Questions that presented definitional issues for respondents, were not specifically relevant to life in Hampton Roads, those that dealt with sensitive information and/or were unsuitable for a telephone survey were eliminated. Once this process was completed, the survey consisted of 106 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.