The 2017 Sarasota County Citizen Opinion Survey, like those since 2009, asks respondents to rank how important it is for the county to work on specific quality-of-life issues.
The value of such questions is that they give citizens a voice in county policy choices that affect their lives which, in turn, bolsters their trust in government.
For local officials, the results show how much issue consensus there is among their constituents and enables them to detect significant shifts in citizens’ policy priorities. The 2017 opinion poll included a telephone survey of a random sample of 800 Sarasota County residents 18 or older. The margin of error is +/-3.5 percent.