Interested in how we listened to the voices of Austin’s majority?
The Voices of Austin Poll was supervised by Executive Director William “Peck” Young, a veteran with 40 years in political polling. The VofA Poll was statistically accurate, with a truly random sample of Austin registered voters, which was appropriately distributed amongst our 10 single member districts. Such a scientific methodology, professionally executed, separates a real poll, like the Voice of Austin Poll, from self-selected, inherently biased surveys like online polls.
Sample: Registered voters. Travis County has 95% of eligible-to-vote voters registered and most live within Austin city limits.
Sample size: 401 registered voters. Sample sizes of 400 or 1,000 are industry standards, the only difference being the margin of error in the poll. A sample size of 400 was chosen for efficiency, trading off a slightly larger margin of error. A sample size of 400 reliably produces a 5% margin of error, with a confidence 95%. A sample size of 1,000 produces a 3% margin of error with the same confidence level. The poll measured such large margins that the difference in margin of error (5% versus 3%) was not significant.
Rotation of question structure: Done to eliminate bias.
Sample Demographics: The VofA Poll’s participants were randomly selected within sample characteristics to model Austin registered voters’ political affiliation, race and ethnicity, age, and gender. Specifically:
Note: Percentages add up to over 100% because of Race and Hispanic/Latino intersectionality.
SELECTED POLL QUESTIONS AND RESULTS EXAMPLES
Most current mode used for commuting: Which one of the following do you use most for commuting or traveling locally? (“Use most” and “Use next most”)
|Drive or get driven by car||92%|
|Take Metro Services such as a bus||15%|
|Take rideshare services||39%|
|None/Don’t go out||15%|
Are your commute and drive times better since Austin voters approved the one billion dollars in transportation bonds in 2016?
Should Austin’s land development code: (choices below were rotated to eliminate bias)
|Permit developers to concentrate on high rise density in specific, limited locations such as downtown and The Domain||59%|
|Give land developers the ability to create density in any and all neighborhoods||23%|
|Depends (volunteered answer when presented the above two choices)||7%|
|Unsure/Refused (volunteered answer when presented the above two choices)||12%|
Are you (Version A: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not concerned / Version B. not concerned, somewhat concerned, or very concerned) that Austin is 400 officers short of the authorized strength that experts report is needed to properly protect citizens?
|Ver A||Ver B||Total|
Having heard more, are you (Ver A: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not concerned / Ver. B: not concerned, somewhat concerned, or very concerned) about the way things are going in Austin?
|Ver A||Ver B||Total|