Place Survey 2008
The most recent major countywide survey of adult residents’ opinions and attitudes was the 2008 Place Survey. All local authorities in England had to carry out a Place Survey every two years but it was cancelled following the change in government in May 2010.
In Somerset, a consortium of local public service organisations appointed Bostock Marketing Group (BMG) to manage the last Place Survey within the county.
Between late September and December 2008, a questionnaire was sent to 17,500 Somerset households, 3,500 in each of the five district council areas. A total of 7,284 residents aged 18+ completed the survey, representing a healthy response rate of 42%.
As well as contributing 18 of the National Indicators which were previously required by the government’s Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA - now abolished), it provides local public organisations with a ‘citizen perspective’ about many aspects of their surroundings. Residents of Somerset expressed their attitudes towards, and perceptions of their local area which in turn helps inform decisions on improving outcomes for local people and places.
Compared with the rest of the country, Somerset residents were generally more positive towards their patch. They were also more likely to be active in their local community. There were also substantial increases in the proportion of people feeling safer and noting few problems with anti-social behaviour.
Detailed data and analysis can be found in this report. For a summary of the report, please read ‘Somerset Says’.
- Somerset Place Survey 2008
Full report detailing the attitudes and opinions of Somerset residents towards their local area and organisations, captured via the 2008 Place Survey, managed by BMG Research.
- Somerset Says
Key findings of the Place Survey carried out in Somerset in late 2008