A key goal of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s Focus on Flint initiative is to track year-to-year findings of what Flint residents are saying about life in the city and what’s important to them.
With survey data gathered in 2019 from a representative sample of 900 respondents, these initial results highlighted residents’ perspectives on nine key issues.
The Mott Foundation commits to conducting a Quality of Life Survey each year and we hope it will serve as a springboard for ongoing community conversations that could help to keep Flint moving forward and inform the Foundation’s local grantmaking.
QUOTES FROM 2019 SURVEY PARTICIPANTS
BEST PART OF LIVING IN FLINT
2019 SURVEY RESULTS: KEY ISSUES AND OVERALL RATINGS
In 2019, the Focus on Flint survey asked residents for their perspectives on issues related to quality of life in Flint. Below are the average ratings of those surveyed.
|Residents’ evaluation of Flint on the issue of:||2019|
|The city’s water supply||1.8|
|Arts and culture||3.6|
|Supporting residents’ health||2.8|
|Supporting a good standard of living||2.5|
|Supporting a good quality of life||2.5|
FLINT RESIDENT SURVEY
A total of 900 residents contributed to Focus on Flint by sharing their views about quality of life, challenges facing the community, and the performance of local, state and national leaders.
Opinions were collected through two telephone and online surveys conducted by FM3 Research, a nationally respected pollster, from February 26 through March 3 and May 4 through May 9. FM3 weighted results to reflect Flint demographics, resulting in a statistically valid sample with a margin of error of less than 5 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.
Respondents answered many survey questions with a number from one to five to help capture intensity of feeling. For example, when asked about the importance of drinking water quality, a response of five meant that it was extremely important, while a response of one meant that it was not very important. The average response was 4.3. Seventy-one percent of respondents gave drinking water a five, the highest possible score.
In addition, FM3 asked questions to measure residents’ overall ratings for key aspects of life in Flint. The answers to those questions were used to calculate the ratings that appear in each section of the report.
To complement the resident survey, Focus on Flint includes data and statistics about life in the community from many different sources. It cites health statistics collected by the Greater Flint Health Coalition, public safety data from the U.S. Department of Justice and demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Information about attendance at local events and the use of city resources was provided by local agencies. Focus on Flint encourages readers to compare survey results with secondary data.
ABOUT THIS SURVEY
The Mott Foundation led editorial efforts for this project. We were joined and supported by Behr Communications and FM3, who conducted the community opinion surveys and analyzed the results.
More information about other aspects of the Focus on Flint initiative, including the Mott Foundation’s community engagement activities and grantmaking response, is available at focusonflint.org/updates.