Public Policy Polling released their 2017 North Carolina Culture Poll on Tuesday, which surveyed residents across the state on many non-political issues.
Carrboro’s low approval rating certainly came as a surprise to the town clerk, Catherine Dorando.
Dorando said Carrboro contracted a private research company in 2016 to conduct a separate survey of 405 residents to gather information for the first Carrboro Biennial Citizen Survey Report. This report, which is unrelated to the PPP survey, found that citizens of Carrboro rate their overall satisfaction with the town as a 7.95 out of 9.
“While I’m happy to see that we were included in (the PPP) poll, you really can’t compare these surveys at all,” Dorando said.
The town of Carrboro’s survey more focused on Carrboro and its residents, gauging their satisfaction with the town and the services it provides to help town management plan for this year’s budget.
Carrboro Board of Aldermen member Bethany Chaney agreed with Dorando. She said PPP’s results are less indicative of the town’s performance, and are rather the result of fewer people knowing about the small town. She said the poll asked for the opinion of all North Carolinians, not just those who live in Carrboro.
“And if you look at the breakdown, more than 60 percent of people who were asked said they didn’t know enough about the town of Carrboro to weigh in at all,” Chaney said.
Justin Mayhew, a spokesperson for PPP, also agreed that this is likely the cause for the low rating.