Costa Mesa Sanitary District Survey Released
In an interesting bit if timing considering all the controversy swirling around the decision by four Directors of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District to oust Director Jim Fitzpatrick, on Friday, May 18, 2012, a survey prepared for the Sanitary District by Probolsky Research was released. The title is "Costa Mesa Sanitary District Community Survey". You can read the entire survey HERE.
ABOUT THE SURVEYOR
The owner of Probolsky Research, Adam Probolsky, is a long-time, well-connected and influential member of the Orange County Republican Party hierarchy. You can read a little biographical summary on him HERE. Here's an extract from that summary that you may find of interest:
"Mr. Probolsky is a member of the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Orange County and the California Republican Party’s Initiatives Committee."
IT IS WHAT IT IS
I'm not going to try to influence your opinion on this survey - it is what it is, typos and all. It's been my observation of surveys Probolsky has done in that past is that they end up giving their client what they are looking for. That seems to be the case here, too. That's not necessarily wrong, just my observation.
BE CAREFUL ABOUT THESE NUMBERS
For example, on page 5 you will find the chart shown below. (click on image to enlarge it) The ratios shown are a result of this question: Do you think that (the City of Costa Mesa/the City of Newport Beach/Orange County) is on the right track or on the wrong track? The surveyor presents this as indicating "A Plurality (45.8%) thinks their community is on the right track". However, 54.2% either answered "Wrong Track", were not sure or refused to answer. I caution you to really think about the questions and the choices of answers provided.
"CONCLUSIONS" START ON PAGE 49
I know most of the readers here like pretty pictures - only teasing - so you'll probably take the time to go through every single one of the 52 pages. However, if you're looking for a shortcut to the results, just scroll down to page 49 where you will find the first of four pages of "conclusions".
I'D LIKE TO KNOW YOUR OPINION
If you do take the time to go over this survey I'd be interested in any observations you might have. Enjoy...