A survey has been administered as part of the Understanding Wind Initiative.  The survey was administered in three different formats:

  1. a mailed survey to property holders in the six townships participating in the Understanding Wind Initiative (in most cases as part of the semi-annual tax assessment),
  2. in-person surveys conducted at the 4th of July Manistee street parade and
  3. web based survey disseminated to additional Michigan communities to test for demographic differences in rates of support for wind development.

A two-page paper survey was mailed to 7015 property-owning residents in the six townships.  The surveys were returned to Macalester College, where they were numbered and entered into a database.  The data is still being analyzed.

In addition to collecting data via the paper survey, surveys were also collected at the 4th of July street parade in downtown Manistee.  Lastly, surveys were collected through an online survey site (Qualtrics).  The street fair survey data and online survey data are in unique data files and will be analyzed separately.

The purpose of the street fair survey version and online survey version was twofold.  First of all, these surveys were created using an extended set of academic research questions aimed at addressing specific hypotheses (e.g., predictions of Place Attachment and Place Identity Theory).  There was not space for most of these research questions on the mail survey to residents, thus the online and street fair survey provided the opportunity to examine a broader set of hypotheses.  Second, the surveys are part of a larger, national data collection effort that extends beyond Manistee and Benzie counties.  This national study investigates how people from a variety of communities respond to the idea of wind energy development.

The mailed surveys are the basis for the Understanding Wind Initiative report.  The street fair survey and online survey extend the range of participants who can contribute to our data set.  The online and street fair surveys both provide a comparison data set separate from the mail survey to residents. The results of these separate surveys will not be included in the community report.


Survey Symposium Questions and Responses