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The results are in…

July 6, 2010

A few months ago, I posted a survey on my blog, and asked my blog’s readers to take the survey and offer their opinions about the community and ways it could be improved.

Sam Obar 180 received a total of 53 responses to the survey, which represents less than 1% of the total Walpole population. Nevertheless, it presents what I believe is a very interesting view on which way Walpole residents lean when it comes to some of the most important issues our town is dealing with.

The results are below. They are not scientific, and some survey respondents did not answer all questions, thus you may note differences in the total number of responses for each question. The survey system made reasonable attempts to delete survey responses that came twice from the same computer, to prevent people from doing it more than once and skewing the results.

The answers to the questions that required written responses (i.e. What other ideas do you have for the town that you would like to share?) will be posted in a future blog post. I have already posted some of the responses to these questions in previous posts, but a fuller compilation of all of them will come in the future.

Above all, I appreciate everyone who participated and I continue to strive every day to make this blog worthy of your readership.

The results speak for themselves, so I won’t analyze them and offer my commentary. I would have used bar graphs to display the results, but it takes up far too much space:

In general, are you happy with the direction the town is going in?
Yes: 10
No: 41

Are you a registered voter in Walpole?
Yes: 53
No: 0

Do you pay property taxes in Walpole?
Yes: 50
No: 3

Do you support the proposed Robbins Road police station?
Yes: 11
No: 41

Do you support a combined facility for fire and police downtown?
Yes: 43
No: 10

Did you support the new library last year?
Yes: 37
No: 16

Do you plan to vote in this year’s town election?
PLEASE NOTE THIS SURVEY WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE JUNE 5 ELECTION
Yes: 52
No: 1

If yes, who do you plan on voting for for the Board of Selectmen? (check two)
PLEASE NOTE THIS SURVEY WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE JUNE 5 ELECTION
David Sullivan: 13
Eric Kraus: 9
Patrick Shield: 34
James Taylor: 1
Bill Hamilton: 2
Mike Berry: 16
Undecided: 5

What is your position on the Rebel mascot?
Keep the name and the Confederacy connections: 9
Keep the name but eliminate the Confederacy connections: 20
Change the name altogether: 11
I don’t care/haven’t decided: 7

How would you rate the performance of the Walpole Town Administrator?
Great: 1
Good: 12
Okay: 22
Poor: 16
Don’t Know: 0

How would you rate the performance of the School Superintendent and School Committee?
PLEASE NOTE THIS SURVEY WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE JUNE 5 ELECTION, AND THUS BEFORE A NEW SCHOOL COMMITTEE WAS ELECTED
Great: 2
Good: 17
Okay: 14
Poor: 16
Don’t Know: 1

How would you rate the performance of the Board of Selectmen?
PLEASE NOTE THIS SURVEY WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE JUNE 5 ELECTION, AND THUS BEFORE A NEW BOARD OF SELECTMEN WAS ELECTED
Great: 0
Good: 2
Okay: 10
Poor: 40
Don’t Know: 0

Do you believe the town has a good sense of vision and planning for the future?
Yes: 5
No: 46

Do you believe property taxes are too high in Walpole?
Yes: 21
No: 30

Should the Town Administrator live in Walpole?
Yes: 41
No: 12

Would you support selling all or part of Adams Farm to raise revenue?
Yes: 28
No: 24

How would you rate the quality of The Walpole Times?
Great: 1
Good: 10
Okay: 13
Poor: 29
Don’t Know: 0

Where do you generally get your local news? (check all that apply)
Walpole Times: 30
WalpoleNews.com: 26
Other Citizens: 21
Other: 16

How often do you use Walpole conservation land or other open space?
Often: 9
Somewhat often: 14
Rarely: 20
Never: 9

Do you feel town officials are generally very open and transparent in their work?
Yes: 4
No: 49

Do you feel town officials are receptive to the concerns of residents?
Yes: 6
No: 45

How would you rate the quality of the Walpole Public Schools?
Great: 5
Good: 25
Okay: 19
Poor: 1
Don’t Know: 1

Do you support Longview Farm’s proposed expansion?
Yes: 25
No: 25

Do you support Siemens upgrading to Level 3 biohazards?
Yes: 19
No: 34

What is the best way to balance the town budget?
Spending Cuts/Layoffs: 4
Higher Taxes: 2
Union Concessions and Health Care/Wage Concessions: 11
A Mixture of Some or All of the Above: 29

How would you rate Walpole as a town to live in?
Great: 2
Good: 28
Okay: 19
Poor: 2
Don’t Know: 0

How would you rate Walpole as a town to do business in?
Great: 0
Good: 11
Okay: 15
Poor: 15
Don’t Know: 4

Do you think the town is doing enough to attract new residents to Walpole?
Yes: 31
No: 19

Do you think the town is doing enough to attract new businesses to Walpole?
Yes: 11
No: 39

How often do you patronize downtown businesses?
Often: 11
Somewhat often: 25
Rarely: 15
Never: 0

Do you think Walpole lives up to its nickname of “The Friendly Town”?
Yes: 17
No: 36

How long have you lived in Walpole?
Less than 5 Years: 3
5-10 Years: 4
10-20 Years: 14
More than 20 Years: 31

Do you support trash fees?
Yes: 10
No: 42

Do you support a trash cap?
Yes: 24
No: 26

Do you support having Allied Recycling in town?
Yes: 17
No: 30

Do you like living in Walpole?
Yes: 42
No: 7

Do you plan to attend the new Farmer’s Market downtown this summer?
Yes: 42
No: 10

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