Computational Statistics

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 1489–1509 | Cite as

Consistency of survey opinions and external data

  • Samuel AckermanEmail author
Original paper


The Soul of the Community Survey was conducted in twenty-six communities in the United States in the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. Respondents were asked to rate their community in terms of quality of life, social offerings, and other aspects to determine the qualities that cause people to be most attached to their community. This paper focuses on describing the geographic distribution of responses to several of the questions within one of the communities, Long Beach, CA. We first provide a general description of the city and compare the geographic distribution of population, income, and race of survey respondents with external data. With this demographic profile in mind, we analyze respondents’ ratings of local safety, availability of green spaces, and quality of local public schools to see if they are consistent with external data sources. In the case of public school quality, where these ratings appear inconsistent, we propose an explanation to resolve this.


ASA data exposition 2013 Survey analysis Choropleth R package MapStats 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Statistical ScienceTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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