Ward 2 resident survey
We conducted a survey on Ward 2 policy and budget priorities. Learn about our survey and the results.
About the survey
- It was an online survey open to all residents of Minneapolis Ward 2 between May and August 2022.
- It was a way for Council Member Wonsley to learn more about residents’ priorities.
- It was an experiment to see if we could bring more residents into the political process.
- All questions including demographics were optional.
How we spread the word
- We sent mail to all residents at roughly 11,000 addresses in Ward 2 directing them to the survey webpage.
- We posted on social media and the Ward 2 Email Update.
- We publicized it through neighborhood associations, unions, and community organizations.
- The survey was available in English and Somali.
- Approximately 1,000 residents, which is about 3% of the Ward population.
- Students were underrepresented because the survey was open during the summer, when many students are out of town.
- The respondents were roughly representative of the racial demographics of the Ward.
- The respondents were on average older than the Ward as a whole.
- Homeowners were overrepresented, renters were underrepresented.
- The south part of Ward 2 (Longfellow, Cooper, and Seward) was overrepresented.
- The survey instructions said it was only for Ward 2 residents, but it did not require any verification that the respondent lives in Ward 2.
- We are confident that we engaged some residents who do not ordinarily participate in local politics.
- The participation was still far too low to draw any firm conclusions from the data.
- The survey helped us learn more about ways to reach residents.
Download and read the responses to the Ward 2 survey.