Living in Lancashire wave 36
|Purpose||The objective of this survey is to look at people's views about Lancashire Archives, economic development and winter gritting.|
Lancashire Record Office
Economy and regeneration
Road and pavement maintenance and repairs
|Commissioned by||Corporate Research and Intelligence Team|
All of Lancashire
Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Life in Lancashire panel
|Date||15/02/2012 - 23/03/2012|
|Undertaken by||Corporate Research and Intelligence Team|
|Number in sample||2779|
|Number of responses||1971|
|Key findings||Winter gritting
- Nearly two thirds of respondents are satisfied with the winter gritting service (65%).
- Over a third of respondents feel well informed about winter gritting this year (35%), but over half of respondents don't feel informed (56%).
- Panel members were most likely to get their information on winter gritting services from radio travel bulletins (28%), word of mouth (25%) and their local newspaper/local newspaper's website (22%). Around a fifth of respondents didn't receive any information through the listed channels (21%).
- Panel members would prefer to receive information on winter gritting services through radio travel bulletins (50%), followed by television travel bulletins (43%), the council's winter leaflet (39%) and local newspaper/local newspaper's website (37%).
- To find out more about the history of their local community, over two fifths of respondents would start their search on the internet (44%). Only around one in twenty respondents would start at Lancashire Archives (6%).
- To find out more about their family history, nearly three fifths of respondents would start on the internet (58%). Around one in seven would start at Lancashire Archives (15%).
- Over two fifth of respondents had heard of Lancashire Archives before they received the questionnaire (43%), but over half had not (55%).
- Nearly two fifths of respondents say they would not be more likely to visit Lancashire Archives if its opening times changed (37%). However, nearly a third of respondents would be more likely to visit if it was open more regularly on a Saturday (31%).
- Nearly half of respondents, or their immediate family, would be interested in attending sessions on how to trace their family history (49%). Over two fifths of respondents would be interested in attending open days with a chance to see archive treasures (43%).
- The online services respondents would be most likely to use are a guide to tracing their family history in Lancashire (54%) and the facility to view images of documents online (53%).
- The records that respondents would be most likely to view online are Lancashire church registers of baptisms, marriages and burials (57%), other documents, searchable by name, which can be used for family history (54%), and historic maps of Lancashire (53%).
- A fifth of respondents have no formal qualifications (20%). Two fifths of respondents have a degree level qualification or higher (40%).
- Around half of respondents are currently in paid employment (53%).
- Around three quarters of respondents travel for up to half an hour each way to get to work (73%). Only one in twenty respondents travels for over an hour each way (6%).
- Just less than three quarters of respondents use the car to get to work every, or most, days (71%). The most common reasons for using a car to get to work are that it is more convenient (51%) and saves time (45%).
- To get to work, just under half of respondents would be prepared to travel for more than half an hour each way (48%).
- Only around one in eight respondents feel that there is a wide range of jobs available for them in Lancashire which reflect their skill level/experience (13%).
- Over the next two years, a third of respondents feel their job prospects in Lancashire will get worse (36%), while only one in twenty respondents feel they will get better (6%).
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