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 new survey data gathered in 2020 from a representative sample of 800 respondents, this update highlights residents’ perspectives on nine key issues that were explored in the initiative’s first report to the community in 2019. Recognizing the unique challenges posed by COVID-19, it also features residents’ thoughts and concerns regarding the pandemic and its impact.
We hope that this and future Focus on Flint reports will serve as a springboard for ongoing community conversations that could help to keep Flint moving forward and inform the Foundation’s local grantmaking.
2020 SURVEY RESULTS: KEY ISSUES AND OVERALL RATINGS
As in 2019, the Focus on Flint 2020 survey asked residents for their perspectives on issues related to quality of life in Flint. Below are the average ratings of those surveyed, with an arrow indicating if a rating increased or decreased from the prior year, or an equals sign if the rating was unchanged.
|Residents’ evaluation of Flint on the issue of:||2020||2019|
|The city’s water supply||1.9||1.8|
|Arts and culture||3.7||3.6|
|Supporting residents’ health||2.9||2.8|
|Supporting a good standard of living||2.5||2.5|
|Supporting a good quality of life||2.6||2.5|
2020 SURVEY RESULTS: COVID-19
The 2020 survey also asked residents about the impact that COVID-19 has had on their lives. Their responses indicate that since the onset of the pandemic:
- 40% needed services they had not previously required, including:
- Access to food: 18%
- Financial assistance: 15%
- Medical, health services: 10%
- 41% experienced a loss in employment due to job elimination, temporary layoffs or other reductions in work hours or wages. Of those, 65% reported feeling confident that their employment and wages will be restored in the coming year.
- 60% of those with children ages 19 years or younger expressed concern for their children’s feelings of loneliness or isolation as a result of school closures.
A total of 800 residents contributed to this update by sharing their views about various aspects of life in Flint. Their opinions were collected through telephone and online interviews conducted in August 2020 by FM3 Research, a nationally respected pollster. Respondents answered many survey questions with a number from one to five to help capture intensity of feeling, with five meaning “very positive” and one meaning “very negative.”
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
The Mott Foundation led editorial efforts for this update. We were joined and supported by FM3 and Behr Communications, who conducted the community opinion surveys and analyzed the results. Olmsted Associates in Flint provided design assistance to communicate the survey 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.