Perceptions of Poverty

Drury University and Missouri State University are conducting a joint research study to better understand poverty in the Springfield area.

Are people in poverty lazy? Is the government spending enough to assist poor people? Or too much?

These and other questions are part of the survey researchers are using to learn more about perceptions of poverty. The project is modeled after one done a few years back by National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard. The study will compare different economic groups and education-level groups, ask them all the same questions and put the responses side-by-side to show the vast differences.

Data is being collected from residents of Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk and Dallas counties. The survey takes about 7 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. We don’t ask for names and there is no way to identify answers or responses back to the participants. Survey-takers must reside in either Greene, Christian, Webster, Dallas or Polk county in Missouri.

Information from the surveys will be used to produce a community report, which will be distributed in print and electronically.

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