FLINT RESIDENT SURVEY
A total of 900 residents contributed to Focus on Flint by sharing their views about quality of life, challenges facing the community, and the performance of local, state and national leaders.
Opinions were collected through two telephone and online surveys conducted by FM3 Research, a nationally respected pollster, from February 26 through March 3 and May 4 through May 9. FM3 weighted results to reflect Flint demographics, resulting in a statistically valid sample with a margin of error of less than 5 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.
Respondents answered many survey questions with a number from one to five to help capture intensity of feeling. For example, when asked about the importance of drinking water quality, a response of five meant that it was extremely important, while a response of one meant that it was not very important. The average response was 4.3. Seventy-one percent of respondents gave drinking water a five, the highest possible score.
In addition, FM3 asked questions to measure residents’ overall ratings for key aspects of life in Flint. The answers to those questions were used to calculate the ratings that appear in each section of the report.
To complement the resident survey, Focus on Flint includes data and statistics about life in the community from many different sources. It cites health statistics collected by the Greater Flint Health Coalition, public safety data from the U.S. Department of Justice and demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Information about attendance at local events and the use of city resources was provided by local agencies. Focus on Flint encourages readers to compare survey results with secondary data.