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FIU/Florida Polls
Cuba       Elders/Aging      Environment/Parks      FIU       Health        Immigration
Hurricanes      North Miami      Tobacco       Transportation
Other Local Government          All Other Projects

 

The FIU/Florida Polls: The sixteen FIU/Florida Polls constitute the most comprehensive public opinion study conducted in Florida, and one of the most comprehensive in the country. The polls deal with the important issues facing Floridians today, including the quality of life in Florida, crime, health & aging, transportation, the environment, education, the economy, politics & government, race, and religion. In addition to the comprehensive topic coverage, the FIU/Florida Polls track changes in opinion on these issues over time by asking many of the same questions on an annual or semiannual basis. Annual surveys were conducted in the fall of 1988 to 2007. Each poll was composed of a representative sample of approximately 1,200 Floridians. Interview length ranged from 30 to 45 minutes. One other survey was conducted in May and June, 1995. This survey had a sample size of 834 Floridians.

The results of the first four FIU/Florida Polls were published in books, with each successive book containing back years' information. These books serve as the most comprehensive reference source available of Floridian's views about the issues affecting their lives. More recently, selected poll results have been published on the IPOR website.
 

Cuba

Cuban Refugee Survey I: Conducted August 20, 1994, this survey of 240 Dade County residents gathered information on their views of the change in US policy that included the ending of automatic granting of asylum to Cuban refugees. The interviews were about five minutes in length.

Cuban Refugee Survey II: Conducted August 27 & 28, 1994, this survey of 259 Dade County residents gathered information on their views of the change in US policy that included the interdiction at sea by United States military ships of Cuban refugees, and the taking of these refugees to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo, Cuba. These interviews were about five minutes in length.

FIU Cuba Policy Study I: This first in a series of polls, conducted in March, 1991, gathered information on Dade County, Florida Cuban-American's views of U.S. policy options toward Cuba. Given the importance of this issue in the Cuban exile community, and the tendency for certain views to be heard over others, this study was designed to better understand how Cuban-Americans feel about the available policy options toward their homeland. The survey consisted of 600 fifteen-minute interviews.

FIU Cuba Policy Study II: This first follow-up to the FIU Cuba Policy Study was conducted in October, 1991, to measure the direction of any changes in the views of the Cuban exile community on U.S. policy toward the island. Both changes in Cuba and the need to know the direction of exile feeling toward policy options prompted this follow-up. Survey consisted of 600 fifteen-minute interviews of Cuban-American residents of Dade-County, Florida.

FIU Cuba Policy Study III: The third FIU Cuba Policy Study, conducted in June, 1993, measured changes in the views of the exile community in the wake of significant changes on the island resulting from the breakup of the Communist block, the U.S. embargo, and the poor performance of the Cuban economy. The survey, consisting of 600 fifteen-minute interviews of Dade County, Florida Cuban Americans, was conducted during June, 1993.

FIU Cuba Policy Study IV: Conducted in January and February, 1995, this was the fourth in a series of studies of Cuban-American views of US/Cuba policy options. While each of the first three surveys consisted of about 600 interviews of Cuban Americans living in Dade County, Florida, this fourth survey interviewed 1,000 Dade County Cuban Americans, and 500 Cuban Americans living in the area of Union City, New Jersey. Interview length was about 20 minutes.

FIU Cuba Policy Study V: Conducted in June, 1997, this was the fifth in a series of studies of Cuban-American views of US/Cuba policy options. While each of the first three surveys consisted of about 600 interviews of Cuban Americans living in Dade County, Florida, and the fourth survey interviewed 1,000 Dade County Cuban Americans, and 500 Cuban Americans living in the area of Union City, New Jersey, the fifth survey consisted of 1,200 interviews with Cuban Americans living in Dade County. Interview length was about 20 minutes.

FIU Cuba Policy Study VI: Conducted in September and October, 2000, this was the sixth in a series of studies of Cuban-American views of US/Cuba policy options. This year, the tenth anniversary of the inception of the poll, 1,200 interviews with Cuban Americans living in Dade County were conducted. The poll was also expanded to include a local, non-Cuban sample of 400, as well as a national sample of 400. Interview length was about 20 minutes. Report.

FIU Cuba Policy Study VII: The seventh in a series of studies of Cuban-American views of US/Cuba policy options, surveys were conducted during February and March, 2004. Interviews were conducted with 1,200 Miami-Dade County residents and 600 Broward County residents of Cuban-American descent. Interview length was 20 minutes. The survey received partial sponsorship from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and NBC6. Report.

FIU Cuba Policy Study VIII: 1000 randomly selected Cuban-American respondents were polled in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Interviews were completed on March 26, 2007. Report.

 

Elders/Aging

Aging 2000: Conducted for Florida's Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services during February and March, 1990, this study is the most comprehensive effort ever made in the state to assess the needs of Florida's elderly population and the costs of providing for those needs. Consisting of about 2,000 thirty minute interviews with Florida residents 60 or older, this study provides the data that is being used to guide state spending for elderly programs into the next century. This IPOR survey was a subcontract under the Southeast Florida Center on Aging grant.

Alliance for Aging Data Analysis I: IPOR provided data analysis services to the Dade County Alliance for Aging on a survey of case managers. Working with the staff of the Southeast Florida Center on Aging, IPOR allowed for completion of this project by providing essential support in data analysis. This work was performed in May, 1992.

Alliance for Aging Data Analysis II: In January, 1993, IPOR provided a second data analysis for the Dade County Alliance for Aging on a survey of case managers. Working with the staff of the Southeast Florida Center on Aging, IPOR provided essential support for Dade County's assessment of the needs of its elderly population.

CCE Client Satisfaction Pilot Study: Working with the Southeast Florida Center on Aging, IPOR helped design the questionnaire and the sample for this pilot study to determine how to measure client satisfaction with Florida HRS provided services. This project was performed during August and September, 1992.

Coral Gables Needs Assessment: This survey of 217 elderly residents of Coral Gables, conducted March to May, 1993, is the first attempt by the city to gather information on the needs of its 65 and older population. Working with the Southeast Florida Center on Aging, IPOR conducted the interviews and collaborated in the design of the questionnaire and sample for this project. Interview length was approximately 25 minutes.

Dade Community Action Agency Needs Assessment Sample: Working with Dade County, IPOR designed and implemented an intricate sample for a face-to-face survey of elderly residents of areas of Dade County most affected by Hurricane Andrew. This very large and complex project was accomplished by the development of new sampling techniques by IPOR, techniques which will play a significant role in survey research in coming years. This work was completed from February to April, 1993.

Dade County Area Agency on Aging Pilot: This study of 300 residents of north Dade County was designed to test the feasibility of a larger countywide study of residents 60 years of age or older. The project measured overall needs of this group as well as changes in those needs that occurred as a result of Hurricane Andrew. Interviews, conducted during April, 1993, were was approximately 25 minutes in length.

Dade County Needs Assessment Survey: This comprehensive study of the elderly population Dade County, conducted January 9 to March 31, 1994, provided service planners with detailed data on the needs of the county's elderly population, and how those needs were affected by Hurricane Andrew. The survey consisted of 2,000 telephone interviews of 60 or older residents of Dade County, Florida. One hundred additional face-to-face interviews, were conducted to ensure adequate representation of lower income Cubans and Blacks.

Elders Experience on Juries:  A survey of senior citizens who were called up to serve on a jury in the Florida Court System but did not report.  112 senior citizens were chosen from a variety of counties throughout Florida.  They were asked about their previous experiences as a juror and their attitudes about the court system.  This survey was conducted in January, 1999.  Interviews ran from 10 to 30 minutes depending on their experience.

Long Term Care Pilot Survey: This was a survey of 150 persons 55 to 69 in Miami-Dade County regarding attitudes toward aging and long-term care needs, and a pilot study for a future project. IPOR was subcontracted by the FIU Center on Aging. The survey was conducted in April 2002.

Dade County Area Agency on Aging Caregivers Survey: A survey of 400 caregivers of the elderly in Miami-Dade County. Interviews were first conducted with 400 respondents in June and July of 2002. These same respondents were called again in June and July, 2003, resulting in 277 completed interviews. These respondents were contacted again in April of 2004, and 176 respondents completed interviews. Subcontract with Center on Aging.

Advance Directives: This study, conducted as part of a doctoral student’s research, questioned 406 older adults about their familiarity with advance directives, commonly referred to a “living wills”. In September and October, 2003, subjects were asked whether or not they had made advance directives regarding their care, and if not, the reasons why.

Examining Disparities in Advance Care Planning Among Poor Elders in Southwest Florida. Kathy Black, PI. Funded by the Interdisciplinary Synergy Grant, School of Medicine, University of South Florida. October 2005..

 
 

Environment/Parks

Crandon Park Development Study: Conducted for the Dade County Parks and Recreation Department, this study measured Dade County and especially Key Biscayne residents' preferences for the upgrading of Crandon Park, one of the premier recreational resources in the county. Questionnaire development and data analysis was conducted in collaboration with the Dade County Parks Planning Office. Over 1,200 fifteen to twenty minute interviews were conducted during May and June, 1989.

Broward County Recycling Survey: Conducted for the Broward County Department of Solid Waste Management during April and May, 1990, this survey provided the citizen attitude and awareness data needed to develop Broward's recycling program, and bring it into compliance with the state's recycling and waste management targets. A total of over 1,000 twenty-minute interviews were conducted in the County's 28 municipalities and in unincorporated Broward.

North Fork of the New River Survey: A survey of 1,119 adults living in neighborhoods surrounding the North Fork of the New River in Broward County  This survey was conducted in October, 1998 for the South Florida Water Management District.  One purpose of the survey was to determine how people used the North Fork of the New River, what they wanted to see in terms of restoration of the river, and their general attitudes towards water conservation.  A second purpose of the survey was to compare and contrast opinions of African-Americans (there were 400 African-Americans in the sample) with those of other races, to see if African-Americans had different ways of looking at urban river restoration.  The North Fork of the New River runs through a poor, primarily African-American neighborhood.  This survey was conducted in October, 1998. Interviews were about 15 to 20 minutes in length.

Boaters and Manatees Study: A survey of 306 boat owners regarding their attitudes toward manatees & speed regulations. Surveys were conducted in February and March, 2003.
 
 

FIU

FIU Homestead Campus Survey: Conducted September 14, 1995, this survey measured the interest of residents of southern Dade and northern Monroe counties in attending junior and senior level FIU courses taught at a campus in Homestead. Seventy six 5-minute interviews were conducted.

FIU Support Tax Survey I: Conducted for FIU's Office of the President in May, 1993, this survey measured Dade residents' attitudes about FIU and their likelihood of support for a local option tax to strengthen funding for the University. The survey consisted of 400 five-minute interviews.

FIU Support Tax Survey II: Conducted for FIU's Office of the President in November, 1993, this survey measured Dade residents' preferences among three funding proposals being considered in Dade County: scholarship funding for Dade county students attending FIU; funding for the expansion of cultural facilities and programs in Dade; and an anti-crime program for Dade County. The survey consisted of 400 five-minute interviews.

FIU Support Tax Survey III: Conducted for FIU's Office of the President in January, 1994, this survey measured Dade residents' preferences among two funding proposals being considered in Dade County: scholarship funding for Dade county students attending FIU, and an anti-crime program for Dade County. The survey consisted of 400 five-minute interviews.

FIU Community Leaders:  Survey of 1,050 community leaders in South Florida to understand the perceived role of FIU in meeting the need for a well-educated workforce and citizenry by addressing: their views on the standing of the University; the kinds of students FIU should serve; the kind of graduates FIU produces; and the current strengths and weaknesses of the University. Survey was conducted in the Spring of 1999.
 
 

Health

U.M. Cancer Prevention/Screening Study I: Conducted for the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Research Institute in July and August, 1990, this study gathered data from two regions of the state, Dade and Hillsborough counties, to measure the awareness and use of cancer screening procedures, and to measure the impact in Dade County of the use of a mobile cancer screening unit. Over 1,000 fifteen-minute interviews with respondents 45 or older were conducted in each of the two counties. One third of each county's interviews were conducted with Hispanics; one third with Blacks; and one third with non-Hispanic Whites.

Worker's Compensation: Conducted for the Florida Division of Worker's Compensation in September and October, 1990, this study gathered information from employers in the state on their awareness and practices regarding Florida's Worker's Compensation Laws. The information gathered was used to help Worker's Compensation office better understand the needs of employers in implementing correct compensation procedures. Approximately 100 twenty-five minute interviews were conducted for this study.

Breast Cancer Screen Behavior Survey: Conducted in September and October, 1993, this survey asked a random sample of Dade County women about their information, views, and behaviors regarding breast cancer and breast cancer screening. Four hundred 20-minute interviews were conducted for this study.

Disability Screening Study: Random sample survey of 2,147 households in Miami-Dade County to determine demographic information regarding the household and whether a person with a disability resided there. Interview duration was approximately 5 minutes and was conducted during May, 2000. Data was gathered for a study led by the Lifecourse and Health Research Center of FIU.

U.M. Cancer Prevention/Screening Study II: This survey of 1,000 Dade females, 35 or older measured their knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding cancer screening. One third of the interviews were conducted with each of: Hispanic females, Black females, and non-Hispanic White females. The interview was about 30 minutes in length. Interviewing for the study was done in December 1995 and January 1996.

Boston University Worker's Compensation Study: A study of severely injured workers in Florida, administered in a semi-structured open-ended interview style. These workers were chosen as a stratified random sample of workers with back injuries in 1991 who went through the workers compensation program in Florida, with equal numbers of men and women and equal numbers of workers in three age groups (20-29, 30-54, 55-). The sample was further stratified to include equal numbers of non-Hispanic Blacks, non-Hispanic Whites, and Hispanics. These strata result in 18 groups of 12 workers each, resulting in a total number of 216 interviews. Most interview lasted 30 to 45 minutes. These interviews were conducted throughout 1997.

Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation Survey: A survey of 148 randomly selected adult clients of the Florida state substance abuse service program. Roughly half of the respondents completed treatment and half did not. The poll was conducted in December, 1997 for the Office of Standards and Evaluation of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

HIV Media Campaign Survey: A 20-minute, random survey of 683 African-American and Hispanic adults in the Florida counties of Duval, Volusia, Orange, St. Lucie, Broward and Dade, conducted during December, 2000. Funded by the Thurston Group, respondents answered questions regarding HIV/AIDS and their awareness of a media campaign in these counties focusing on this problem. $9,160 (part of a grant to the Thurston Group from the State of Florida Department of Health) DATE OF COMPLETION: 01/15/01

Eliminating Disparities in HIV disease in Broward County, Florida (REACH 2010): A random sample survey of 2,010 African-American, Hispanic, Haitian and Caribbean-American respondents in Broward County, Florida. Interviews were from 15 to 20 minutes in length, and served to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and programs available to provide education and assistance to the community. Surveys were conducted from February through April, 2001. (grant to William Darrow, Public Health, FIU, funded by the Centers for Disease Control). The survey was repeated in 2002, and 2003, with approximately 2,000 respondents total. The fourth round of the survey was completed in 2005, and the fifth in 2007. Each of these had over 2,000 respondents. (REACH 2010 Web Site)

Child Health and Well-Being in Miami-Dade County: 2007. Survey done with Child Trends for the Miami-Dade County Children's Trust. (Report).

Understanding Disparities and Barriers to Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials among Floridians: A Health Behavior Population-based Approach: 2008-2009. This project studies reasons for low rates of participation in clinical trials. using a telephone survey of cancer patients. Survey done for University of Miami, funded by Bankhead Coley Cancer Research Program, 07BP-01-12333 Byrne (PI)

Current project Prescribing Psychotropic Drugs to Youth: Cultural Factors in Parental Attitudes IPOR survey for NIMH R21MH084832-01A2 Cohen (PI) 09/09/2008-06/30/2010. This is the first population-based study seeking to uncover cultural factors to explain observed disparities in prescriptions of psychotropic drugs to youths from majority and minority groups.

 

Hurricanes

FIU Hurricane Andrew Survey: Done four months after the hurricane this survey of 1,600 households studied preparation, evacuation, and the impact on lives and property of South Florida residents. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Knight Foundation. Findings from IPOR surveys done during the four years following Hurricane Andrew have been published in the book Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Sociology of Disasters

Homestead Housing Needs and Demographic Study: 950 households were interviewed to measure the impact of Hurricane Andrew on housing availablity and family housing budgets. Funding was from the City of Homestead and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Balfour Beatty Rebuilding Survey: Conducted in January, 1993, for a multi-national construction company, this survey of 500 residents of south Dade County measured the rebuilding plans and experiences of those most affected by Hurricane Andrew. IPOR's growing reputation among the business community for valid and reliable research brought this private firm to FIU for its research needs. Interview length was approximately 10 minutes.

Barry/FIU Hurricane Andrew, Elderly Adjustment Study: Conducted in November, 1994, this study gathered data on the long term effects of Hurricane Andrew on the elderly living in areas most affected by the storm. The survey consisted of 306 25-minute interviews with present or former Dade residents, 65 or older. Information on the physical, social, financial, and psychological status of the respondents, before and after the hurricane was gathered.

FIU/Wharton Hurricane Mitigation Study: This was an oversample of 300 interviews in Miami-Dade County for the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, in conjunction with Hurricane Mitigation Study II. Surveys of up to 20 minutes were conducted in June, 1999.

Hurricane Andrew Population Impact Study: Working with the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, IPOR played a significant role in helping to measure changes in the population of the area hit hardest by Hurricane Andrew. Sponsored directly by the state legislature, and scheduled to be conducted for a total of three years, this project provided crucial data for the distribution of state funding to South Florida. The study, which was conducted from May to October, 1993, consisted of field interviews of over 1,500 households in south Dade County.

Hurricane Georges Evacuation Study: A survey of 1,200 households in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties regarding preparation and evacuation during Hurricane Georges. Surveys of about 20 minutes were conducted during February and March of 1999.

Hurricane Irene Study: A survey of 1,405 households in Miami-Dade County regarding their experience during Hurricane Irene. Among some of the subjects covered were flooding, respondents' ability to get to their destination, and if and at what time they were released from work the day of the storm. Surveys of about 20 minutes were conducted during March and April of 2000.

Hurricane Mitigation Study I: A survey of 1,200 homeowner households in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties to assess the overall effectiveness of the Florida Department of Community Affairs educational program, Residential Construction Mitigation Program, regarding hurricane preparedness. Surveys of up to 20 minutes were conducted in June and July of 1998.

Hurricane Mitigation Study II: A continuation of the Hurricane Mitigation I survey, expanding the respondent population throughout the State, to assess the overall effectiveness of the Florida Department of Community Affairs educational program, Residential Construction Mitigation Program, regarding hurricane preparedness. Surveys of up to 20 minutes were conducted in May and June, 1999.

National Science Foundation Hurricane Preparedness Study: Completed during December, 1992, this post-Andrew study is the most comprehensive effort to understand the preparations and hurricane experiences of Dade and Broward residents. With the results presented at the FIU conference on Hurricane Andrew, this survey of 1,600 households was the first of several hurricane-related projects conducted by IPOR. Interview length was approximately 20 minutes.

National Science Foundation Hurricane Evacuation Study: This study had two components for IPOR. First, a survey of 653 households living in Dade County evacuation zones was conducted to assess their risk assessment in making evacuation decisions. This was survey as part of a decision making exercise of a fictitious storm hitting Miami Beach conducted with Florida State Emergency Management Office, which took place in July, 1997. The second part of this study interviewed 958 households in Dade County evacuation zones to test a final evacuation decision model that was developed from the results of first survey. The second survey was conducted in August, 1997.

Hurricane Loss Reduction for Residences: A survey of 1,200 mobile homeowners throughout the state of Florida, concerning their experience with and preparedness for natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fires. Interviews were twenty minutes in length and were conducted from late April through June, 2001. (grant to International Hurricane Research Center, from the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs)

Hurricane Andrew after 10 years Survey: The first phase of this survey consisted of interviews with 1,425 residents of Miami-Dade and Broward County on attitudes toward hurricanes and effects on them of Hurricane Andrew. The second phase, 975 interviews is currently ongoing in August 2002. This survey was conducted in conjunction with the Miami Herald. (see IPOR hurricane research page).

Hurricane Loss Reduction and Contractors Survey: Survey was conducted with Florida homeowners to assess the household’s experiences related to hurricane loss reduction devices and techniques. Interviews of approximately 20 minutes were conducted in both English and Spanish with 1,260 single family owner-occupied households in February and March, 2003. A supplemental survey of 10 minutes in length was conducted with 1,338 contractors during April and May of 2003.

Target Survey: Hurricane Loss Reduction Project: As a follow-up to the Hurricane Loss Reduction and Contractors Surveys conducted in 2003, IPOR conducted a focused survey-based evaluation of the Florida Coastal Monitoring Program (FCMP) between November, 2003 and June, 2004. This project was funded by the Florida Department of Community Affairs.

Hurricane Frances Pre-Impact Survey: Surveys for this pilot study were conducted in Miami-Dade County, Florida with 101 residents on September 1, 2004, as Hurricane Frances approached Florida. Questions were asked regarding their preparations and decisions regarding possible evacuation. On September 8 and 9, 2004, 50 of these respondents were re-interviewed to learn about their actual experiences, based on their previous responses. (see IPOR hurricane research page).

Coastal Louisiana Post-Katrina Evacuation Planning Survey 2007 (see IPOR hurricane research page).

Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Evacuation Intent 2007 (see IPOR hurricane research page).

North Miami

North Miami Annex Survey I: Conducted in September and October, 1996, this survey gathered data on opinions about the possible annexation into of an unincorporated area of Northeast Dade County into the City of North Miami. 443 of residents of the unincorporated area were mostly asked questions pertaining to public services in the area.

North Miami Annex Survey II: This survey was conducted for FIU's Institute on Government and the City of North Miami. 400 residents of the unincorporated area of Dade County known as Biscayne Gardens were mostly asked questions pertaining to public services in the area. The survey took place in May, 1998.

North Miami Business Development Study: IPOR consulted on this project that was conducted by the Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems for the city of North Miami. IPOR staff helped design the questionnaire and sampling methodology for the study. IPOR's work on the project was completed during May, 1992.

North Miami Munisport Landfill Survey: This survey of 500 residents of North Miami measured opinions about the cleanup of the Munisport landfill. The survey was conducted in the beginning of 1996.

North Miami Service Satisfaction Study: This survey of 464 residents of North Miami had them rate their experience regarding the use of services provided by the City of North Miami. About 15 minutes in duration, the interviews were conducted in June, 2000.
 
 

Tobacco

Kids Campaign Against Tobacco Pilot Program: Statewide Teacher and Administrator Survey: 20 minute surveys of over 380 middle and high school principals and nearly 600 middle and high school teachers in Florida public schools. The topic was on student tobacco use and present tobacco prevention curricula in the public schools. The survey was conducted with the Center on Youth and Development and was conducted in March and April, 1998.

Kids Campaign Against Tobacco Pilot Program: Private School database: Data was collected for all private school in the state of Florida in put into one central databse for future research on tobacco prevention curricula.  Data was gathered in the Fall of 1998.

Wolfsonian Artful Truth Evaluation: Development of evaluation questionnaires for various stage of the Artful Truth Project: funded education projects throughout the state geared toward children in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to teach them critical tools to understand tobacco advertising.  These projects were funded by FIU's Wolfsonian museum as part of the Kid's Campaign Against Tobacco Pilot Project.  IPOR's work included developing a pre-test and post-test for the children to take in order discover how well the education projects worked.  This work occurred in the Fall of 1998 and the Winter of 1999.

Evaluation of Tobacco Pilot Program: A Cohort Study of Florida Youth: A survey of 1,219 adolescents throughout Florida in grades 4 through 7. The survey was conducted in two parts. After informing parents about the survey and receiving parental consent, respondents were asked about their own tobacco use and their attitudes toward smoking. The whole process was about 30 minutes in length. The interviews were conducted from March to May, 1999.

Evaluation of Tobacco Pilot Program: A Cohort Study of Florida Youth, Phase II: A follow-up survey in which we attempted to reach the 1,219 youths previously interviewed, now in grades 5 through 8. During November and December of 1999, repeat interviews were conducted with 1,031 respondents. Again, the survey was conducted in two parts. After informing parents about the survey and receiving parental consent, respondents were asked about their own tobacco use and their attitudes toward smoking. The whole process was about 30 minutes in length.

Transportation

Florida Department of Transportation System Assessment Study I: The first and only comprehensive statewide survey of Florida residents on the states' transportation system. Areas covered include: transportation profile; assessment of capacity, maintenance, structure of transportation system; assessment of public transportation system; views on toll transportation options. Conducted in January, 1990, the survey consisted of over 1,400 thirty-minute interviews, with 200 interviews conducted in each of the seven DOT regions. Consultation was with region and turnpike public affairs coordinators.

Florida Department of Transportation System Assessment Study II: This survey, conducted July 13-24, 1995, was a follow up to the 1990 Florida Transportation Survey, also conducted by IPOR, and was designed to measure present views of Florida residents and visitors about Florida's transportation system, and change in those views from 1990. For this survey, 2,467 interviews were conducted, with a minimum of 350 conducted in each of the seven DOT districts. Interview length was approximately 25 minutes.

Florida Turnpike Post Toll Rate Reduction Study: This study measured the awareness of the rate reduction among truck drivers and their companies, and to estimate the current and future impact of the project in moving truck traffic from I-95 to the turnpike. Interviews were conducted with 134 tractor trailer drivers as they entered the Pompano Service Plaza, and with 101 representatives of companies whose trucks were observed using I-95 in Palm and Broward Counties.

Philadelphia Airport Concession Management Survey: This study of people using Philadelphia's airport, conducted during October, 1993, was conducted to help determine the kind and number of food and merchandise concessions most desired by airport patrons and employees. IPOR designed the study and the questionnaire, entered and analyzed the data from about 1,200 questionnaires that were self-completed by travelers, employees, and meeters/greeters using the Philadelphia airport.

Sawgrass Expressway Ridership Study: This study was brought to IPOR as a result of the work IPOR had done with the Florida Department of Transportation in 1990. Working with the Office of Florida's Turnpike, IPOR developed a three-stage study to measure awareness, use, and potential use of the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward County, as part of a program to increase ridership on the expressway. For part A, 3,225 one-minute, face-to-face interviews were conducted with patrons of the Sawgrass Expressway as they entered or exited the expressway. Part B consisted of 400 ten-minute interviews with residents of Broward County, Florida. Part C consisted of 148 five-minute interviews with residents of Dade County, Florida, and 85 interviews with residents of southern Palm Beach County, Florida. The three parts of this study were conducted from March to October, 1993.

Florida Department of Transportation Turnpike Study: This study was a random sample survey of 2,017 Florida non-commercial drivers who could potentially use the Florida Turnpike in their local areas. Questions were asked to determine their knowledge about and satisfaction with the Florida Turnpike compared with other highways available to them. The interviews were conducted in five areas of Florida during June and July, 2000. 

Treasure Coast Travel Survey: Survey of residents of Florida Treasure Coast Counties regarding travel habits. Approximately 1,200 households are being contacted and asked to fill out diaries of one day's travel. Diaries are retreived with a telephone interview and stops geocodes. Subcontracted by the Corradino Group and funded by Florida Department of Transportation in 2002, the study was completed in 2003.

Other Local Government Issues
(note: there are many projects addressing local government
issues that can be found in other categories)

Coral Gables Youth Center Study: Conducted for the City of Coral Gables during August and September, 1990, this study gathered information on city residents knowledge and use of, and development preferences for the central recreational facility in Coral Gables. Project provided the essential citizen attitude data necessary for any park development planning. Questionnaire development and data analysis were conducted in collaboration with both the Dade County Parks Planning and the City of Coral Gables Recreation Department. Over 1,100 fifteen-minute interviews were conducted.

Dade County Services/Incorporation Survey: This survey of over 5,000 residents of 8 unincorporated and 7 municipal areas of Dade County, was conducted April 5 through May 31, 1995. Conducted for Dade County, the survey asked about service delivery from local government and views of incorporation. Sample selection for the survey was complex, requiring that specific numbers of interviews be completed in each of the 15 target areas. Selection/location procedures included zip code, closest intersection, and street address methods. Interview length was approximately 25 minutes.

Dade County Taxes & Homelessness Study: This survey of 350 Dade County residents, conducted in June, 1991, gathered opinions on a number of important issues to the county: the state tax reform measures being considered by the Chiles Administration and the Florida Legislature; public attitudes toward proposed changes in Dade County government structure and local taxing issues; and attitudes toward the increasing homelessness problem in Dade. Interview length was about 20 minutes.

Fort Lauderdale Police Department Citizen Attitude Survey: In March of 1995 this survey was conducted with about 500 residents of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to determine their views of the performance of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the level of crime affecting their lives. The interview was about 15 minutes in length.

Homestead Housing Needs and Demographic Data Study: Conducted in November and December, 1994, this study gathered data on the housing situation of residents of the city of Homestead. The survey included questions on the physical condition of residences; utility and other housing costs; household composition and income, including housing support; impact of hurricane Andrew, and preferences for housing development in Homestead. The survey consisted of approximately 1,000 25-minute interviews.

HOPE Fair Housing Survey: This survey of 354 Dade County residents will measured attitudes and ways of conceptualizing fair housing issues. The survey was conducted in October, 1995.

Metro-Dade Police Citizen Attitude Survey: This survey of 1,100 residents of unincorporated Dade County, conducted May 17-31, 1994, provided the Metro Dade County Police Department with information on the public's perception of the performance of MDPD, and their assessment of the crime affecting their lives. The data from this survey is part of an ongoing department assessment program. Interview length was approximately 20 minutes.
 
Miami-Dade COPS Evaluation: Evaluation of a grant program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and administered by the Miami-Dade Police Department Community Affairs Bureau, in two Miami-Dade County Public elementary schools. The purpose of the program is to educate students in the arts of conflict resolution and peer mediation.

 

Immigration

Immigration Reform and Control Act Survey I: Conducted in July and August, 1991, this survey of about 400 businesses in Florida gathered information on the information employers had received about the verification of employment eligibility of job applicants. Interview length was about 5 minutes.

Immigration Reform and Control Act Survey II: Conducted in April, 1994, this survey was a follow up to the 1991 survey, also conducted by IPOR. The purpose of this survey was to determine the effects of a program to disseminate information to employers in Florida on hiring requirements and responsibilities. The survey consisted of 400 5-minute interviews with a random selection of Florida businesses.

Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey: This is the third iteration of a study sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation, in which children of immigrants are surveyed regarding their educational, occupational and social attainments and aspirations. Surveys are 20 to 30 minutes in length and will be conducted with approximately 900 respondents, during June and July, 2001. (part of a grant to Alejandro Portes of Princeton University from the Russell Sage Foundation) COMPLETION DATE: 10/29/01

Needs Assessment of Cuban and Haitian Refugees, Entrants, And Parolees in South Florida: This was a comprehensive needs assessment of Cuban and Haitian refugees, entrants, and parolees in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The study was done in order to determine ways in which service access and utilization could be increased. The survey was conducted between late February and early June, 2002, resulting in a sample of 211 Cuban and 230 Haitian respondents. This was a subcontract to IPOR under a Florida Department of Children and Families grant to Miriam Potocky-Tripodi, Ph.D., Social Work.

Geographic Analysis of Columbian Immigration to the US in the 2000 Census, analysis and Barranquilla 2006 presentation (PDF).

Immigrant Transnationalism and Modes of Incorporation. 1200 interviews currently in progress. 2008 NSF grant to PIs at University of South Florida and William Patterson University. (NSF award abstract).

 

All Other Surveys

Beer Tax Survey: This survey of 400 Floridians, conducted in March, 1990, measured the public's views on a proposed beer tax, where revenues would be used for drug prevention and rehabilitation programs. Conducted on very short notice, this survey helped inform decision makers of the public's view on this issue. Interview length was about 3 minutes.

Citizen Attitudes About Billboards: This survey of 500 Florida residents done in November 1995 measured their attitudes regarding the regulation of billboards and official information signs on Florida's interstates and other roads. Survey was sponsored by the Florida Legislature.

FIU Gulf War Poll: Conducted in January, 1991, during the war with Iraq in the Persian Gulf, this poll of 800 Floridian's measured views on this use of force by the United States, asking their opinions on the correctness of the decision to engage in military action, the loss of life of U.S. soldiers that they expected to occur, and the flow of information about the war. Interviews were five minutes in length.

Florida Not-for-Profit Survey: The purpose of the survey was to get reactions from government, for-profit, and not-for-profit agencies regarding the role of not-for-profits, and evaluation of the interactions between the three entities. About 400 agencies responded. This mail and follow-up phone call survey was conducted in March and April, 2000.

LACC Export Services Survey: The purpose of this survey was to examine the extent to which Florida-based businesses provided the export of services to other countries. This mail and follow-up phone call survey was conducted from December, 1999 through February, 2000.

Temple Israel Day School Survey: Conducted in July and August, 1994, this survey included interviews of parents of children attending one of three Jewish schools in Dade County, and of members of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation to determine their interest in a Jewish day school for children in the 6th through 12th grades. 563 interviews of about five minutes were conducted.

Training Russian Scientists: IPOR offered training in public opinion research for visiting Russian social sciences in the Summer of 1996.

Availability of M/WBE Contractors in Miami-Dade County: Survey of Minority/Women Contractors regarding bidding on North Terminal Program at Miami International Airport. Interviews were completed with 335 of these businesses in September and October of 2001.

Florida Terrorism Preparedness Poll: Survey conducted with Floridians regarding attitudes about the terrorist threat to Florida, terrorism preparedness efforts, and the characteristics of respondents’ communities. Interviews were conducted with 1,270 respondents in May and June of 2003.

Orientation and Mobility Training Study: Interviews were conducted with 439 visually-impaired individuals to compare two alternative orientation and mobility programs. Study was conducted in November and December of 2003.

National Orientation and Mobility Certification Validation Survey: Interviews were completed with 278 visually-impaired individuals regarding their activities of daily living. The survey was completed in May and June of 2004.




 
 
  Last updated November 8, 2005.