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UCR and Cal State San Bernardino Release Inland Empire Annual Survey

UCR and Cal State San Bernardino Release Inland Empire Annual Survey

(April 3, 2000)

The 1999/2000 Inland Empire Annual Survey reports that a large majority of Riverside and San Bernardino residents find the area a good or fairly good place to live, although Riverside County residents are slightly more complimentary than those living in San Bernardino County.

That is just one of many attitudes measured in a survey that asked over 2,400 Inland Empire residents about police, education, entertainment, retail services, quality of life, the regional economy, crime, pollution and commuting. It will be one topic of discussion Wednesday, April 5 at the Inland Empire Economic Briefing and Business Exposition Luncheon, sponsored by The Business Press in Ontario. Information about the conference is available at (909) 980-7330.

The full Inland Empire Survey, including the survey questions, is also available upon request.

This is the third year for the survey, produced by the Inland Empire Research Consortium, a partnership between the University of California, Riverside and California State University, San Bernardino. The consistency of some questions allows the authors to determine trends in attitudes over the course of years.

Social scientists who collaborate to produce and release the survey are Max Neiman, professor of political science at UCR; and Shel Bockman and Barbara Sirotnik, professors and researchers with the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at Cal State San Bernardino.

This year the survey contained questions about citizen perceptions about fair treatment by law enforcement officers; race relations in the Inland Empire, problems facing the youth of the Inland Empire, and immigration. The report about perceptions of fair treatment by law enforcement is ready and available upon request. Other reports are planned that focus on immigration, race relations and youth problems.

Survey sponsors this year are the Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Bernardino Associated Governments, University of California, Riverside, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, UCR's Robert Presley Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, The Press-Enterprise, The Gas Company, Arrowhead Credit Union, the City of Ontario and The Business Press.

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