Survey: Referendum support steady, opposition down slightly

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Based on more than 1,000 responses to District 97's survey concerning its April 2011 referendum, support for a tax increase has remained steady while opposition has decreased, though only slightly.

As of Tuesday morning, 41.3 percent of respondents said they were supportive of a referendum to increase funding for the elementary school district if the election were held "today." That's pretty much where support has been for the last month. Those answering no, however, have dropped slightly to 30.9 percent, down from 32 percent; those unsure have remained virtually the same at 27.8 percent. The survey went live Oct. 15 and was scheduled to conclude Nov. 12, but the district extended the deadline to this Friday, Dec. 3.

When last reported by Wednesday Journal on Nov. 3, about 500 people had responded. Approximately 1,090 people have now taken the survey, which is available online at the district's website: Among respondents who could support a referendum, about 48.6 percent believe the district is "adequately funded but needs additional revenue," down slightly from about 50 percent.

A majority of respondents, about 72 percent, have students in Dist. 97 schools.

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Jassen Strokosch from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 7:15 AM

@Daniel I don't think anyone would disagree that a more random sample would be nice to see and that this is far from a scientific survey. That said, the District worked pretty hard to get the word out to as many audiences as possible across the whole Village. Short of them spending money on a polling firm, something I am sure would have been criticized in it's own right, I think they did pretty well. The beauty of the results being totally public is YOU ARE free to decide the credibility.

Daniel Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 12:03 AM

District 97 officials flunk surveying 101. This survey isn't worth the paper it's not printed on. It's a self-selecting sample -- revealed by 72% of respondents having a child in the schools and 92% being homeowners. Both figures are far greater than in the composition of the voting public. Any competent surveyor knows that without a random sample, a survey is pretty much worthless.

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