Monday, July 11, 2011

Survey Most in region happy with their lives

by Rachel Lane/Times-Georgian

Regardless of what some surveys and statistics say, west Georgia residents say they are happy with their lives and their neighborhoods.

In a survey by the Survey Research Center at the University of West Georgia, almost 90 percent of those in the region who responded said they were, in general, “very happy” or “happy” with life. Almost the same number of people said their communities are “excellent,” “very good,” or “good” places to live.

“We were a little surprised that the numbers were so high, but we expected it to be positive,” said Dr. Todd Matthews, assistant professor of sociology and assistant dean of the College of Social Sciences at UWG.

He was one of the researchers involved in the program, compiling the survey questions and analyzing the answers. The results of the study were released last week.

While the Survey Research Center has conducted small surveys on water quality in the past, this was the first survey of its kind conducted in West Georgia. About 380 respondents from Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, and Troup counties agreed to participate in the telephone interview.

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