Survey: Issaquah is headed in right direction

July 31, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Most respondents in a recent survey — 74 percent — claim Issaquah is headed in the right direction and 57 percent gave the city a positive rating for spending taxpayer dollars.

The information comes from a telephone survey conducted last month. Though the survey focused mostly on municipal parks and recreation facilities — and a possible $10 million park bond measure — other questions addressed City Hall’s performance.

Overall, 68 percent of respondents gave the city a positive job rating and 23 percent gave the city a negative rating. On the question about the direction of Issaquah, 13 percent said the city is headed in the wrong direction and 13 percent said they did not know.

EMC Research conducted the survey for the municipal Parks & Recreation Department from June 14-20.

Overall, 600 respondents from throughout the Issaquah School District participated in the survey.

The total includes 300 respondents from inside city limits. Pollsters asked only Issaquah residents the questions about the city’s performance.

Andrew Thibault, a principal at EMC Research, said the results offer a promising sign if city leaders decide to pursue a park bond measure in the near future.

“The extremely high trust and job ratings for the city tell me that within the city limits, there’s a great willingness to entertain the idea of additional revenue for parks and open space,” he said in a July 24 briefing to City Council members.

By the numbers

EMC Research surveyed city residents about Issaquah parks facilities, and asked some questions about City Hall in the process.

Pollsters conducted 300 interviews of registered voters in Issaquah. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 5.5 points.

(Some percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.)

The job Issaquah city government does overall

Positive: 68 percent

  • Excellent: 11 percent
  • Good: 57 percent

Negative: 23 percent

  • Only fair: 11 percent
  • Poor: 57 percent

Don’t know: 9 percent

The job Issaquah city government does spending your tax dollars responsibly

Positive: 57 percent

  • Excellent: 10 percent
  • Good: 47 percent

Negative: 32 percent

  • Only fair: 27 percent
  • Good: 5 percent

Don’t know: 11 percent

Source: EMC Research

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2 Responses to “Survey: Issaquah is headed in right direction”

  1. Gabe on August 1st, 2012 11:49 am

    Were landline holders solicited? Many younger people today only have cell phones. This would skew the results.

    When I last read the Issaquah Central Plan, they were planning to cut parking spots in downtown by not requiring them in new buildings. This is the wrong move. Who goes shopping and carries their purchases a few blocks? I guess only people who don’t buy much stuff!

  2. Doug on August 4th, 2012 12:44 pm

    Good only means average. I could read the results as 89% say it needs improvement. Hardly anything to high-five about.

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