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Here are the results of my 36th District constituent poll

December 12, 2013

The good folks of the 36th District are fully engaged, educated, deeply passionate and civically alive. In my five years in office I have attempted to be a thought leader in the use of online tools and social networking to give people an even stronger sense of connection to state government. Recently I distributed a constituent survey touching on a handful of key issues.

The response was simply overwhelming.

Within days, hundreds of people of had participated. Astoundingly, the current count is more than 400. And the respondents went way above and beyond, as nearly 87% wrote a long-form answer to spell out their thoughts on transportation, the Boeing package and/or their legislative concerns in the coming year. Thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you for graciously taking the time out of your busy lives to share your ideas, opinions and your concerns on some of the most important issues facing our state.

Statistically, the sample size is large enough to be relevant for the district. According to the 2010 census there are 133,901 people in the 36th. To lend some perspective, a sample size of 384 would be needed to achieve a 5% margin of error with a 95% confidence level. There may be some sampling bias because the responses came from my own list. And to be clear, this survey is not meant to be confused with a scientifically conducted, randomized poll. Nevertheless, many of the answers are overwhelming, and  the nuance, detail and insight from the individual responses cannot be dismissed.

The 10-question survey was split into three parts: 1) Transportation 2) The Boeing Package and 3) 2014 Legislative Priorities. The graphs from the 7 multiple-choice questions are below, and the answers to the open-ended questions are bundled together as a PDF:


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sibelius permalink
    December 13, 2013 8:59 pm

    “There may be some sampling bias because the responses came from my own list. And to be clear, this survey is not meant to be confused with a scientifically conducted, randomized poll.”

    You do understand that this makes your “poll” utterly and completely meaningless, do you not?

  2. mickey permalink
    January 3, 2014 11:26 pm

    The meaning of these sampling-biased poll results is that people conducting these types of polls, framing the questions the way they do, will almost always get the answers they are seeking.

    And starting today, Washington state’s citizens are on the hook for $8.6 billion to a company that neither needs nor deserves that tax break. But, apparently, those supposed new transparency measures will mollify us. And they are lighting up cigars in Chicago.

    Corporate welfare lives on, and on, and on…

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