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Poll Showing Support for Santa Monica Airport Statistically Valid
May 16, 2012
In her letter regarding the City Council review on the future of Santa
Monica Airport ("Take
Back Santa Monica Airport Land," May 14)
AOPA, which represents the general aviation interests of nearly 400,000 members in the U.S. and 46,000 in California, found that for the past 30 years, the airport has been plagued by a negative impression of public sentiment.
However, we discovered that no group, organization or individual had polled residents of the city on issues in the city including the airport. While some groups claim to have surveyed local households, it appears to us that none of the data collected was collected in a manner that provides statistical validity to the results.
AOPA hired APCO Insight, an international public policy consultancy, to survey 400 Santa Monica voters on their thoughts about the airport and other key issues in the city. Those results were presented to the City Council on May 8.
We hope that as the visioning process continues, any results will provide a balance between the city and surrounding region benefitting from a thriving general aviation airport and addressing the concerns of residents near the airport.
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