Annual Survey

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey is an affordable means of gauging public opinion on a wide range of community issues. By sharing the cost of survey research, agencies and organizations can obtain high quality, scientific information on topics of their choice. This collaborative approach allows survey sponsors to obtain customized information on attitudes, preferences, and interests for a fraction of the usual cost of an individual survey project.

About the program

Now accepting questions for the next survey

For more than 30 years, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute survey of Mecklenburg County residents has become an important resource for local governments and nonprofit agencies. The survey allows agencies to discern community attitudes about issues important to their work in an affordable way.

If you would like to participate in the next Annual Survey or have questions about the institute’s survey services, contact Diane Gavarkavich at d.gavarkavich@uncc.edu.

The next survey will take place in late Fall 2017.

What are the costs?

The cost of the first question is $1,150, with each additional question priced according to the total number of questions purchased:

Number of Questions* Fee per Question**
2 to 10 questions $1000
11 to 15 questions $900

* If you have more than 15 questions, please contact us to discuss fielding a survey for your specific project.
** The increase in cost in 2017 will allow the cell phone sample be increased to 75% of the total sample.

What’s included?

As part of our annual survey service we provide the following:

  • A representative sample of 400 adult residents of Mecklenburg County
  • Help drafting your questions in order to optimize results
  • Data breakdowns according to demographic characteristics
  • Optional dashboard for sharing survey results
     

Please inquire how we can customize our services to fit your survey research needs.
 

Articles about Annual Survey

  • Mecklenburg attitudes reflect improving economy

    People in Mecklenburg County are feeling the effects of the economic recovery, according to results from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s 2013 Annual Survey. Most people surveyed said their economic situation is getting better, more than at any time since 2010. (Photo: John Chesser)
  • Will optimism on economy continue post-election?

    Surveys are pointing to a new optimism about the local and national economy. Can we move beyond the election and the “fiscal cliff" so that these optimistic attitudes turn into economic realities?
  • Survey says greatest health need is preventive healthcare. Pictured: Jeffery Kline, M.D.

    Survey finds preventive care, dropouts among top concerns

    What are the greatest needs facing our community?  United Way of Central Carolinas posed this question to Mecklenburg County residents via the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s Annual Survey last spring. The survey found the greatest perceived community health need is preventive care, the greatest perceived need for children and youth is dropout prevention, and the greatest perceived need in housing and financial stability is job skills training.
  • Charlotte Wachovia employees (now Wells Fargo employees) listen to CEOs from both companies at the time of the merger in 2008.