Ward 2 resident survey

We conducted a survey on Ward 2 policy and budget priorities. Learn about our survey and the results.

About the survey

  • It was an online survey open to all residents of Minneapolis Ward 2 between May and August 2022.
  • It was a way for Council Member Wonsley to learn more about residents’ priorities.
  • It was an experiment to see if we could bring more residents into the political process.
  • All questions including demographics were optional.

How we spread the word

  • We sent mail to all residents at roughly 11,000 addresses in Ward 2 directing them to the survey webpage.
  • We posted on social media and the Ward 2 Email Update.
  • We publicized it through neighborhood associations, unions, and community organizations.
  • The survey was available in English and Somali.

Who responded

  • Approximately 1,000 residents, which is about 3% of the Ward population.
  • Students were underrepresented because the survey was open during the summer, when many students are out of town.
  • The respondents were roughly representative of the racial demographics of the Ward.
  • The respondents were on average older than the Ward as a whole.
  • Homeowners were overrepresented, renters were underrepresented.
  • The south part of Ward 2 (Longfellow, Cooper, and Seward) was overrepresented.
  • The survey instructions said it was only for Ward 2 residents, but it did not require any verification that the respondent lives in Ward 2.

Survey results

  • We are confident that we engaged some residents who do not ordinarily participate in local politics.
  • The participation was still far too low to draw any firm conclusions from the data.
  • The survey helped us learn more about ways to reach residents.

Download and read the responses to the Ward 2 survey.

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