Education, Economic Development & Public Safety top Bronxites’ Priorities

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the release of the results of his office’s first-ever “Well Being Survey.” The survey, which was conducted between late August and the end of October, was designed to measure the opinions of Bronx residents and those who work in the Bronx on a variety of issues that impact their communities.

Approximately 1,900 individuals took part in the survey, which was available both online and in print at a wide variety of locations across the borough. Of that number 92.6 percent, or more than 1,750 individuals, live in the Bronx.

“I am happy that so many people who are connected to the Bronx, either because they live here or work here, took a few minutes out of their busy schedule to make their voices heard on the important issues that face our borough. This information taken from this survey will help my office guide policy in the years to come, and I am grateful to the 1,901 individuals who participated in this important process,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

The survey contains a diverse group of question types associated with a variety of quality of life issues that are relevant to Bronxites. Generally accepted survey metrics suggest a minimum sample size of at least 600 persons given the estimated 1.4 million Bronx residents and which would yield a margin of error of +/- 4.  This survey’s sample size is more than three times that number.

Bronxites who answered the survey said that the three areas that need the most improvement in the Bronx are education, economic development and public safety/crime. The survey also found that a majority of those who filled out the survey, 64.8 percent, have either a positive or confident outlook on life.

Community Board #11, which covers the neighborhoods of Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Pelham Gardens, Allerton, Bronxdale, Laconia and Van Nest saw the highest participation of any single community board, 11.6 percent.

Click here to download the results of the survey.