Survey sheds light on where things stand in Richmond, what needs improvement
While residents of the Richmond region have a generally optimistic view of where the area stands, there are a number of areas that can be improved, according to a new Richmond TimesDispatch survey released last week.
Of more than 600 responses, three topics received the most support based on responses from the respondents: unity, education and the economy. Respondents also said they’d like to see less crime and better transportation.
The results of the survey, conducted on behalf of The Times-Dispatch by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, were unveiled last Tuesday at The TimesDispatch’s 75th Public Square. The survey
asked 601 randomly selected residents across the region 10 questions and some openended questions about what would make the region a better place in which to live. It was conducted by phone Sept. 6-23 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
When residents of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico took part in the survey, they were asked the following question: “I’m going to read several goals that some people have suggested for the greater Richmond region and I’d like you to tell me which one is the most important to you.”
Here are 10 ways the area can improve, according to survey respondents, and the current state of each: