The Better Pensacola Forum is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of conducting independent, accurate, and credible research designed to help local leaders develop practical strategies to improve the quality of life in our area. Pensacola Young Professionals also continues to work in various ways to make Pensacola a better place to live, work, and play. In order to most effectively capitalize on their common goals and shared vision for Pensacola, the two organizations formed an alliance in 2011.
Since 2008, Better Pensacola Forum (BPF) has conducted annual surveys of Pensacola voters. 2011 saw the fourth-annual Quality of Life survey of Escambia County voters, this time commissioned by Pensacola Young Professionals.
Now we bring you the 2012 survey results.
Not surprisingly, the trend in the 2011 Survey, where Escambia County voters showed anxiety about economic conditions and job security, continued in 2012. Once again these were the top concerns in our community.
The 2012 survey of Escambia County voters documents persistent dissatisfaction with critical issues that impact the quality of life in the county. Critical factors receiving negative ratings from Escambia voters include public education, public safety and crime, housing, transportation, job opportunities, economic development, and leadership from elected officials.
On the bright side, confidence in leadership from city voters is evident again in this year’s survey. The 2012 survey of Escambia County voters continues to document the increased awareness, approval, and appreciation of the progress being made specifically by the City of Pensacola. Both city and suburban voters share positive and optimistic views about to the city’s waterfront, and Pensacola Young Professionals is proud to have been one of the driving forces behind the Community Maritime Park.
PYP is very optimistic about the future of the Pensacola Bay Area. PYP leaders and members truly love our city and county, and we are passionate about making a positive difference so that our community continues to blossom as a fantastic place to live, work, and play for citizens of all ages.