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Survey Finds Oconee County Voters Name Economic Problems As Most Important

Oconee County residents are most concerned about economic issues facing the county, according to a scientific survey of registered voters conducted last fall.

Oconee County residents are most concerned about economic issues facing the county, including the need for economic development and for growth in employments prospects, according to a scientific survey of registered voters conducted just before the elections last November.

The voters also are concerned about the county’s schools, about strains on the county’s infrastructure and about the weak housing market.

One in five of those responding to the survey said they don’t think the county has any problems or were unable to identify a problem in response to a question asking them to name “the most important problem facing Oconee County.”

The survey was conducted from Oct. 17 to Nov. 2 with 188 registered voters selected by chance from the Oconee County voter registration list. Students in a graduate social science research methods class conducted the interviews, mostly by telephone.

The survey also found that the vast majority of Oconee County voters think the Epps Bridge Centre, the major new shopping center under construction on Epps Bridge Parkway, is a good development for the county, mostly because of its expected economic impact.

For details of the survey findings, go to Oconee County Observations.

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Racer X January 07, 2013 at 01:59 PM
The nice thing about Epps Bridge Centre is that it is in the North end of the County. While Oconee will enjoy they benefits of this growth, the crime and congestion associated with it won't have much of a negative effect on the rest of the County, other than the increased load on our Sheriff's Department, which should not be underestimated.

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