Ci­ti­zen Kent’s traf­fic gripes

How does your life­style match up to the find­ings of our new Kent sur­vey?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

CI­TI­ZEN Kent is most likely to have lived in the county for a decade or more.

He or she is prob­a­bly buy­ing, or has al­ready bought, their home.

They like the area and won’t be rush­ing to move away, al­though they get grumpy about the traf­fic and the bad be­hav­iour of young peo­ple.

Many com­mute to work – prob­a­bly not more than a few miles, though – and there’s one, pos­si­bly two, cars parked out­side their home (for the ma­jor­ity).

With about £35,000 a year gross com­ing in, many will have dig­i­tal TV – pos­si­bly even an iPod, home com­puter or lap­top which they may use for surf­ing the net.

Mind you, there’s still time to look at the pa­per, read a book and pop out for a meal or a drink.

There’s also a rea­son­able chance that Ci­ti­zen Kent is, in­deed, a truly good ci­ti­zen who vol­un­teers to help the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

They can or­gan­ise their lives on their mo­bile phone, maybe with a text mes­sage.

We know all this from data gath­ered through a Kent and Med­way Cit­i­zens’ Panel (KMCP) sur­vey, where a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ple of 1,838 Kent and Med­way res­i­dents were in­ter­viewed by Ip­sos MORI to peer into the lifestyles of those across the re­gion.

The sur­vey was com­mis­sioned by the KM Group and Kent County Coun­cil and will be used to help iden­tify fu­ture changes.

Here are some of the statis­tics.

More than eight in 10 res­i­dents have lived in Kent or Med­way for more than 10 years and 69 per cent for 21 years or longer.

Nine out of 10 think it is “likely” that they will con­tinue liv­ing in the county for at least five years.

One quar­ter has been in the same home for more than 20 years and only eight per cent think it “un­likely” they will con­tinue liv­ing in the county for the next five years.

When the sur­vey was con­ducted – be­fore the credit crunch be­gan mak­ing big head­lines – more than eight-out-of-10 were “sat­is­fied” with Kent as a place to live or their lo­cal neigh­bour­hood.

Those who ex­pected their neigh­bour­hood to go down­hill and “get worse” over the next few years were out­num­bered by two to one by those who be­lieved it would “get bet­ter”.

The sur­vey was con­ducted for KCC and the KM Group by Ip­sos MORI. Face-to-face in-home in­ter­views were con­ducted across Kent and Med­way with 1,838 peo­ple aged 16 and over be­tween Fe­bru­ary 25 and April 30, 2008.

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