Appendix N: MAPC Survey

The Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council survey is referred to as MAPC survey. The MAPC area includes 101 towns with overlap to NCW. The MAPC survey was conducted on-line within NCW via the Salem News and the Gloucester Times. The partial survey results were downloaded as of May 20, 2004, prior to survey completion, to meet publication deadlines for this report. 767 people responded from NCW towns. The author compiled the results, by collating partial survey results for each NCW town.

 

 

 

NCW Total

 

Danvers

Gloucester

Marblehead

Rockport

Swamp-

MAPC Survey

Beverly

Essex

Manchester

Peabody

Salem

scott

1) Thinking about the city or town in which you live, has the quality of life gotten better, gotten worse or stayed the same over the past three years?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better

21%

37%

12%

11%

14%

8%

9%

9%

11%

34%

4%

 

Worse

46%

34%

46%

63%

51%

77%

45%

57%

47%

36%

78%

 

Same

33%

29%

42%

26%

35%

15%

45%

34%

42%

29%

19%

2a) What do you think are the two most important problems facing your community today? First most important:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development/ Sprawl

26%

29%

29%

42%

36%

46%

23%

29%

17%

11%

22%

 

Traffic

12%

9%

11%

0%

5%

15%

0%

17%

3%

23%

11%

 

Crime

4%

4%

6%

0%

4%

0%

0%

3%

3%

8%

0%

 

The Economy

8%

8%

0%

0%

15%

0%

9%

6%

6%

7%

4%

 

Education/ Schools

15%

18%

14%

32%

13%

23%

5%

17%

8%

16%

19%

 

Environment

5%

6%

2%

0%

3%

8%

5%

1%

0%

9%

7%

 

Water

3%

0%

11%

0%

1%

0%

5%

0%

33%

1%

0%

 

Housing

9%

10%

5%

0%

16%

0%

14%

4%

22%

6%

0%

 

Taxes

17%

15%

22%

21%

9%

8%

41%

23%

8%

20%

37%

 

Other

1%

0%

2%

5%

1%

0%

0%

0%

0%

1%

0%

2b) What do you think are the two most important problems facing your community today? 2nd most important:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development/ Sprawl

16%

12%

12%

47%

20%

23%

23%

21%

14%

9%

22%

 

Traffic

19%

18%

22%

5%

11%

15%

0%

31%

11%

25%

19%

 

Crime

5%

8%

2%

0%

6%

0%

0%

4%

6%

5%

0%

 

The Economy

8%

10%

3%

0%

11%

8%

9%

8%

3%

10%

0%

 

Education/ Schools

12%

9%

14%

21%

11%

15%

14%

9%

11%

14%

19%

 

Environment

12%

16%

8%

16%

11%

31%

14%

12%

8%

11%

26%

 

Water

5%

8%

15%

0%

3%

0%

5%

3%

22%

3%

0%

 

Housing

9%

10%

8%

5%

12%

0%

23%

4%

14%

7%

0%

 

Taxes

12%

8%

14%

5%

15%

8%

14%

9%

8%

15%

11%

 

Other

2%

2%

3%

0%

2%

0%

0%

0%

3%

2%

4%


 

 

 

NCW Total

 

Danvers

Gloucester

Marblehead

Rockport

Swamp-

MAPC Survey

Beverly

Essex

Manchester

Peabody

Salem

scott

2c) What do you think are the two most important problems facing your community today? (1st OR 2nd most important - arithmetic sum, so total is 200%):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development/ Sprawl

42%

41%

42%

89%

56%

69%

45%

49%

31%

19%

44%

 

Traffic

30.1%

28%

32%

5%

16%

31%

0%

48%

14%

48%

30%

 

Crime

9%

12%

8%

0%

9%

0%

0%

6%

8%

13%

0%

 

The Economy

17%

18%

3%

0%

26%

8%

18%

14%

8%

17%

4%

 

Education/ Schools

27%

28%

28%

53%

24%

38%

18%

26%

19%

29%

37%

 

Environment

17%

22%

9%

16%

13%

38%

18%

13%

8%

19%

33%

 

Water

8%

8%

26%

0%

3%

0%

9%

3%

56%

3%

0%

 

Housing

18%

20%

12%

5%

28%

0%

36%

8%

36%

13%

0%

 

Taxes

29.6%

23%

35%

26%

24%

15%

55%

32%

17%

35%

48%

 

Other

2%

2%

5%

5%

2%

0%

0%

0%

3%

3%

4%

3a) What do you think are the two most important problems facing the Boston metropolitan area today? 1st most important:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development/ Sprawl

23%

30%

22%

58%

21%

62%

14%

29%

19%

15%

19%

 

Traffic

16%

8%

29%

0%

13%

15%

14%

18%

31%

18%

4%

 

Crime

10%

11%

6%

5%

14%

0%

0%

10%

6%

11%

4%

 

The Economy

16%

14%

18%

16%

19%

15%

23%

12%

6%

12%

44%

 

Education/ Schools

9%

8%

9%

0%

11%

0%

14%

12%

8%

9%

4%

 

Environment

3%

3%

0%

0%

3%

0%

9%

0%

0%

6%

4%

 

Water

1%

1%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

4%

0%

2%

0%

 

Housing

13%

18%

5%

11%

11%

8%

14%

9%

22%

16%

4%

 

Taxes

9%

8%

9%

11%

8%

0%

14%

6%

8%

9%

19%

 

Other

1%

1%

2%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

1%

0%

3b) What do you think are the two most important problems facing the Boston metropolitan area today? 2nd most important:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development/ Sprawl

14%

13%

12%

32%

14%

38%

9%

13%

8%

14%

7%

 

Traffic

17%

10%

17%

16%

23%

8%

23%

13%

17%

17%

15%

 

Crime

9%

6%

6%

11%

7%

0%

9%

8%

25%

12%

7%

 

The Economy

11%

17%

12%

16%

6%

0%

9%

18%

6%

11%

7%

 

Education/ Schools

10%

6%

12%

11%

15%

8%

14%

5%

8%

11%

7%

 

Environment

11%

13%

9%

5%

9%

31%

14%

14%

14%

9%

7%

 

Water

3%

5%

3%

0%

2%

0%

5%

4%

0%

4%

4%

 

Housing

13%

15%

11%

0%

15%

8%

14%

14%

14%

11%

15%

 

Taxes

11%

13%

14%

11%

9%

8%

5%

10%

8%

10%

30%

 

Other

1%

2%

3%

0%

1%

0%

0%

0%

0%

2%

0%


 

 

 

NCW Total

 

Danvers

Gloucester

Marblehead

Rockport

Swamp-

MAPC Survey

Beverly

Essex

Manchester

Peabody

Salem

scott

3c) What do you think are the two most important problems facing the Boston metropolitan area today? (1st OR 2nd most important - arithmetic sum, total is 200%):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development/ Sprawl

37%

43%

34%

89%

35%

100%

23%

42%

28%

29%

26%

 

Traffic

32%

18%

46%

16%

36%

23%

36%

31%

47%

35%

19%

 

Crime

19%

17%

12%

16%

21%

0%

9%

18%

31%

22%

11%

 

The Economy

27%

31%

31%

32%

25%

15%

32%

30%

11%

23%

52%

 

Education/ Schools

20%

14%

22%

11%

26%

8%

27%

17%

17%

21%

11%

 

Environment

14%

16%

9%

5%

12%

31%

23%

14%

14%

16%

11%

 

Water

4%

6%

3%

0%

2%

0%

5%

8%

0%

5%

4%

 

Housing

26%

33%

15%

11%

26%

15%

27%

23%

36%

27%

19%

 

Taxes

20%

21%

23%

21%

17%

8%

18%

17%

17%

19%

48%

 

Other

2%

3%

5%

0%

1%

0%

0%

0%

0%

3%

0%

4) How about traffic? In your city or town is traffic a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, not a very serious problem or no problem at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very serious

32%

28%

38%

26%

13%

23%

14%

55%

22%

47%

44%

 

Somewhat serious

42%

45%

40%

16%

47%

62%

36%

42%

17%

42%

44%

 

Not very serious

21%

27%

14%

37%

32%

0%

36%

3%

47%

10%

11%

 

No problem at all

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

 

Not sure

0%

0%

3%

0%

1%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

5)  What concerns you about development in your city or town?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not enough development

9%

11%

5%

0%

10%

15%

5%

3%

11%

12%

4%

 

Too much development

44%

45%

60%

58%

52%

54%

32%

66%

39%

23%

26%

 

Too dense

9%

10%

6%

0%

6%

0%

32%

5%

8%

12%

30%

 

Not enough density

2%

7%

0%

0%

1%

0%

0%

1%

0%

4%

0%

 

Unwanted type of development

15%

9%

6%

16%

12%

0%

9%

8%

17%

27%

30%

 

Poor location

4%

3%

3%

5%

5%

0%

5%

5%

6%

4%

7%

 

Impact

16%

16%

20%

21%

14%

31%

18%

12%

19%

19%

4%

6) How important do you think it is for your city or town to have homes, stores, and services within walking distance of each other?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very important

37%

43%

28%

21%

21%

38%

64%

34%

39%

56%

19%

 

Important

20%

22%

14%

11%

20%

31%

14%

13%

22%

23%

19%

 

Somewhat important

26%

25%

35%

26%

35%

8%

14%

39%

17%

15%

15%

 

Not very important

13%

8%

18%

26%

17%

0%

9%

12%

19%

5%

41%

 

Not at all important

4%

3%

5%

16%

7%

23%

0%

3%

3%

1%

7%

7) How important do you think it is for you to have access to public transportation in your city or town?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very important

47%

53%

28%

16%

32%

62%

64%

52%

39%

67%

37%

 

Important

23%

25%

25%

32%

23%

8%

14%

17%

22%

20%

44%

 

Somewhat important

20%

14%

29%

32%

33%

0%

14%

18%

22%

8%

15%

 

Not very important

7%

5%

11%

11%

10%

15%

9%

10%

11%

3%

4%

 

Not at all important

3%

3%

8%

11%

2%

15%

0%

3%

6%

2%

0%

 

 

NCW Total

 

Danvers

Gloucester

Marblehead

Rockport

Swamp-

MAPC Survey

Beverly

Essex

Manchester

Peabody

Salem

scott

8) Which statement do you most agree with?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local government should continue to plan for and encourage growth and development in all areas.

26%

33%

23%

5%

24%

8%

27%

13%

22%

38%

11%

 

Local government should try to limit growth in less-developed areas and encourage growth only in areas that are already built up. 

74%

68%

77%

95%

76%

92%

73%

87%

78%

62%

89%

9) Which statement do you most agree with?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that increased coordination among cities and towns within the metropolitan region could help lower costs and solve problems. 

70%

74%

65%

53%

61%

77%

68%

70%

61%

81%

85%

 

I think that regional solutions won't work and would require my city or town to give up too much local control. 

30%

26%

35%

47%

39%

23%

32%

30%

39%

19%

15%

10) Please read the list below of things that city and town governments do. Do you think that these issues should be decided locally, that is by each city and town exclusively, or do you think these issues should be decided regionally by a group of cities and towns? (Number indicating "Regional" over "Local")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing

28%

38%

35%

37%

18%

54%

36%

31%

19%

26%

37%

 

Transportation

81%

85%

85%

68%

73%

85%

73%

83%

72%

86%

96%

 

Air quality

88%

90%

85%

84%

88%

100%

68%

88%

92%

88%

85%

 

Water quality and supply

62%

73%

65%

53%

42%

62%

45%

60%

47%

77%

85%

 

Public safety: fire, police, emergency medical

35%

41%

40%

58%

24%

77%

41%

31%

33%

35%

56%

 

Education

36%

35%

37%

47%

40%

69%

23%

30%

36%

29%

70%

 

Economic development/job growth

67%

67%

78%

53%

60%

100%

59%

70%

61%

67%

93%

 

Land Use/ zoning

25%

26%

37%

32%

19%

54%

27%

29%

17%

20%

41%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of respondents

767

120

65

19

198

13

22

77

36

190

27

 

 

 





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