Survey: Lewis County Happy With Economy, Jobs, FinancesPosted: Updated:
There are positive results from Lewis County residents when it comes to economy, available jobs and personal finances.
For the 12th consecutive year, Jefferson Community College's Center for Community Studies surveyed about 400 people in these categories.
"Lewis County folks tend to have a better understanding of what the community is that they live in and how people think," said Joel LaLone, research director.
LaLone's students helped interview participants and assemble the data over seven months.
When it comes to the local economy, people in Lewis County are feeling the best they have in 12 years.
"We had the most positive results ever this year with 46 percent of folks who answered the survey indicating it as excellent or good," said LaLone.
LaLone says more Lewis County residents responded, saying their personal financial situations have gotten better instead of worse.
It's another positive change compared to years past.
"For 10 years in a row, people were more likely to say worse than better," said LaLone.
As for access to higher education, 46 percent of participants indicated that as being excellent or good.
For the first time this year, residents were asked their opinions about some big national issues, and the results might surprise you.
Nearly two thirds said same sex relationships are alright, and about the same majority said climate change is real and the right to abortion should be protected.
They also said overall, President Trump is doing a good job.