Downtown Business District Top Concern for 738 Westfield Residents Polled in Public Survey by Westfield Together
by: Westfield Together
Westfield’s downtown business district was the top concern among the 738 Westfield residents who participated in a public online survey conducted by Westfield Together, the Democratic slate of candidates running for council and mayor.
The survey, which was posted online May 3, asked residents to identify the top five issues most important to them from a list of 24 choices. Those who completed the survey, reported the following:
- 71% cited the condition of downtown as one of their top five most important issues, and 133 or 22% found downtown the most important issue of all.
- Property taxes and schools were tied as the second most cited in respondents’ top five issues at 59% each.
- 32% cited property values in their top five issues.
- 28% cited parking as their top issue.
- 21% cited schools as their top issue.
- 17% cited property taxes as their top issue.
- 6% cited property values as their top issue.
- 4% cited public transportation as their top issue.
- 3% cited parking, housing teardowns, and government transparency as their top issue.
36% of those who took the survey reported living in Westfield for 20+ years, and 32% reported living in Westfield between 11-19 years. Of those residents who participated in the survey, 96% are registered voters. Residents in all 4 wards participated in the survey with the most, 30% from Ward 1, and the fewest, 19% from Ward 3.
Residents had the opportunity to respond to an open-ended question asking respondents to include additional feedback. 87 residents submitted written responses, with the majority expressing concern about the downtown vacancies and parking.
Residents accessed the survey via the candidates’ Facebook pages, the Westfield Together website, and in this TAPinto Westfield article. This survey was created and controlled through Survey Monkey, and results were tracked by the responder’s unique IP address. Party affiliation was deliberately not included as a question on the survey. The data cited above was collected from May 3 to May 24, 2017.
To maximize communication and transparency we have appended the complete unedited survey results PDF. We hope this survey contributes to the productive conversation on local priorities. Polling residents on the local issues that impact them will be routine practice if the Democratic slate of candidates is elected November 7th.