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 A Message from the City Manager's Office

Nov 8, 2006


2006 Citizen Survey Results

The City of Cambridge recently contracted Opinion Dynamics Corporation, a national public opinion polling firm based in Cambridge, to conduct a Citizen Survey. The survey—which the City has conducted every other year since 2000—covers a range of issues dealing with city services.  To see, the results, please click on the link above. Further below, we also provide a link to a comparative analysis of the last four surveys as well. 

Comparative Analysis of 2000, 2002, 2004 & 2006 Citizen Surveys

We are pleased to report that the latest survey findings indicate that 86% of Cambridge residents rate their “overall quality of life” and Cambridge “As a Place to Live” as good or excellent.  And 62% considered the overall performance of government as good or excellent.

Core city services, such as police, fire and public works also earned top marks. Residents continued to rank affordable housing and education as the two most important issues, followed by taxes, and parking/traffic/road construction/infrastructure.

There has been significant forward trend in utilizing the City website for obtaining information or conducting online transactions, such as downloading permits and paying City bills. Conducted every two years since 2000, the survey serves as a useful tool in identifying priority focus areas for the administration and the City Council. The City Council will be setting goals during the Roundtable meeting Monday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge. 


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