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1. With which ethnic group do you most closely identify?

  • White/Caucasian 73.8%
  • African American/Black 8.5%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 6.2%
  • Other 5.2%
  • Hispanic/Latino 4.3%
  • Native American 1%
  • Did not answer 0.9% 

Looking closer: While 83.6% of those 35 and older identify as white, that number drops to 57.9% for those under 35.

2. What is your annual household income?

  • $0–$25k 7.7%
  • $25–$50k 16%
  • $50–$100k 26.9%
  • $100–$150k 15.2%
  • $150–$250k 8.4%
  • >$250k 2.1%
  • Did not answer 23.7%

3. With what religion do you most closely identify?

  • Christianity 45.5%
  • None 26.8%
  • Other 16.8%
  • Did not answer 4.3%
  • Judaism 1.7%
  • Buddhism 1.4%
  • Hinduism 1.3%
  • Islam 1.3%
  • Sikhism 1%

4. Where did you move from?

  • West Coast 21.8%
  • Midwest 21.2%
  • Other 20.3%
  • Northeast 14.9%
  • South 12.6%
  • Mountain States 4.9%
  • Did not answer 4.1%

Looking closer: While age generally doesn’t seem to be a predictor of where transplants came from, women are twice as likely as men to have moved from the Northeast and men are nearly five times as likely as women to have come from the South.

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5. How long have you lived in Seattle?

  • My whole life: 49.9%
  • 10 to 20 years: 26.9%
  • Five to 10 years: 12.8%
  • Two to give years: 6.6%
  • Less than two years: 3.8%

6. Do you still plan to live in Seattle 10 years from now?

  • Yes 70.8%
  • No 17.9%
  • Don’t know 11.3% 

7. If you had a weekend free of all responsibilities, how would you spend it?

  • Spending time with family or friends 35.2%
  • Getting outside to hike, ski, rock climb, or kayak 31.4%
  • Getting out of town for a road trip 29.8%
  • Working on home improvement projects 16.2%
  • Bingeing on TV 14.1%
  • None of the above 4.1%
  • Don’t know 1.8%

8. True or false: The Seattle Freeze is a myth.

  • True 34.6%
  • False 38.7%
  • Don’t know 26.7%

Looking closer: Younger Seattleites are less likely to think the Freeze exists, yet more than a third of them still believe it’s hard to meet people.

9. What percentage of your household income do you spend on housing?

  • Less than 20% 25.7%
  • 20% to 29% 25.6%
  • 30% to 39% 17.6%
  • 40% to 49% 9.2%
  • 50% or more 8.6%
  • Don’t know 11%
  • Prefer not to answer 2.3%

Looking closer: Nearly 45% of those under 35 spend more than the suggested 30% of their income on housing, compared to just 29.7% of those 35 and over.

10. Do you own or rent your home?

  • Own 66.8%
  • Rent 28.6%
  • Other 3.5%
  • Prefer not to answer 1.1%

Looking closer: Women (70.7%) are more likely to own than men (62.9%).

11. Do you own a cat or dog?

  • Cat 19.7%
  • Dog 23.8%
  • Both 11.6%
  • Neither 44.9%

Looking closer: Women are twice as likely as men to have just a cat, and men are more likely than women (50.6% to 39.3%) to have neither a cat nor a dog.

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12. If you don’t own a home, how confident are you that you’ll be able to one day?

  • Not at all confident 29.4%
  • Somewhat not confident 11.2%
  • No opinion 5.8%
  • Somewhat confident 22%
  • Very confident 22.9%
  • I’m not interested in owning 8.1%
  • Prefer not to answer 0.7% 

13. Which of these is most important to you?

  • Financial stability 56%
  • Professional fulfillment 33.5%
  • Neither 5.9%
  • Prefer not to answer 4.6%

14. Have you rented out your home on Airbnb?

  • Yes 3.9%
  • No 95.1%
  • Prefer not to answer 1%

15. Have you driven for Uber or Lyft?

  • Yes 6.2%
  • No 93.8%

16. On a scale of 1 (very unsatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied), how do you feel about your work-life balance?

  • 1: Very unsatisfied 12.1%
  • 2: Unsatisfied 11.5%
  • 3: Indifferent 17.3%
  • 4: Satisfied 29.3%
  • 5: Very satisfied 29.8%

 Looking closer: Neither age nor gender seems to be a predictor of satisfaction, with the exception of one category: Men are twice as likely as women (16.6% versus 7.7%) to be very unsatisfied with their work-life balance.

17. Do you have an Amazon Prime membership?

  • Yes 52.4%
  • No 46.2%
  • Prefer not to answer 1.4%

18. What’s your primary source of news?

  • Local TV 24.9%
  • Online newspapers 18.5%
  • Print newspapers 15.5%
  • Social media 12.9%
  • Local radio 11.5%
  • National TV 10.9%
  • National radio 2.3%
  • Don’t know 2.3%
  • Other 0.5%

Looking closer: As expected, those under 35 are three times more likely to rely on social media than those over 35. Also expected: Those 35 and older are more likely to watch local news than read newspapers online.

19. How many times per month do you go out for drinks?

  • Never 42.7%
  • One to three 32.7%
  • Four to five 16.4%
  • Six to 10 3.8%
  • More than 10 2.6%
  • Prefer not to answer 1.8% 
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20. How much do you spend on dining out per month?

  • <$100 40%
  • $100–200: 33.4%
  • $200–300: 10.6%
  • >$300: 10.1%
  • Don't know 4.7%
  • Prefer not to answer 1.2%

21. How do you read books? 

  • The old fashioned way 71.6%
  • On an ereader 15.6%
  • Listen to them 4.5%
  • Does not apply 8.3%

 22. True or false: A thriving arts community is vital to the health of a community.

  • True 85%
  • False 11.6%
  • Prefer not to answer 3.4%

Looking closer: Those under 35 were more likely than those over 35 to agree that the arts are important (93.8% versus 79.6%).

23. How many times do you volunteer annually?

  • Never 24.3%
  • Less than five 31.8%
  • Five to 10 18.1%
  • More than 10 24.7%
  • Prefer not to answer 1.1%

Looking closer: Women spend more time volunteering than men (6.72 days per year versus 5.15 days), and those 35 and over do it more than those under 35 (6.6 days per year versus 4.86 days).

24. Which of these most closely describes your political beliefs?

  • Socially liberal, fiscally liberal 43.1%
  • Socially liberal, fiscally conservative 22.2%
  • Socially conservative, fiscally conservative 10%
  • Socially conservative, fiscally liberal 5.4%
  • Prefer not to answer 19.2%

Looking closer: Women skew bluer than men, with nearly half claiming to be socially and fiscally liberal, while 37.8% of men identified as such.

25. On a scale of 1 (strongly agree) to 5 (strongly disagree), rate the following statement: Recreational marijuana legalization has been a good thing.

  • Strongly disagree 18.3%
  • Disagree 12.2%
  • No opinion 14.7%
  • Agree 22.7%
  • Strongly agree 30.5%
  • Don’t know 1.6%

Looking closer: More than 37% of those 35 and over disagreed or strongly disagreed, compared to just 18.9% of those under 35.

26. True or false: Citizens’ initiatives are vital to the democratic process.

  • True 80.3%
  • False 9.8%
  • Don’t know 9.9%

27. Of the following, what is the number one issue facing Seattle today?

  • Rising cost of living 33.8%
  • Homelessness 29.4%
  • Rising property taxes 7.3%
  • Quality of public schools 7%
  • Traffic 6%
  • Crime 4.5%
  • Police overreach 2.9%
  • State government leadership 0.9%
  • Illegal immigration 0.6%
  • Taxes 0.5%
  • All of the above 2.2%
  • Prefer not to answer 3.5%
  • Other 1.4%

Looking closer: Those under 35 are more likely than those 35 and older to think the cost of living is the city’s most pressing issue (40.1% to 30%).

28. Do you trust the police?

  • Absolutely 38.6%
  • Mostly 49.4%
  • Not really 6.1%
  • Not at all 5.9%

29. How many children under the age of 18 currently reside in your household?

  • None 65.2%
  • One 17.9%
  • Two 9.9%
  • Three 3.5%
  • More than three 1.8%
  • Prefer not to answer 1.6%

Looking closer: More households have a dog or cat (55.1%) than a child (33.1%). 

30. To what degree did Seattle’s cost of living affect your decision to have children?

  • Not at all 77.8%
  • A little 14.7
  • A lot 7.7%

31. True or false: Seattle is a good place to raise children.

  • True 84.1%
  • False 9.3%
  • Prefer not to answer 6.6%

Looking closer: Although only a third of Seattleites have children, 93.4% of respondents weighed in on Seattle’s child-friendliness.

32. Who would you most trust to run the city?

  • Bill Gates 58.4%
  • Jeff Bezos 14.3%
  • Neither 16.9%
  • Don't Know 10.4%
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33. What percentage of your social circle is made up of races/ethnicities not your own?

  • Less than 25% 39.1%
  • 26% to 50% 31.4%
  • 51% to 75% 16.3%
  • More than 75% 8.8%
  • Prefer not to answer 4.3%

34. On a scale of 1 (strongly agree) to 5 (strongly disagree), rate the following statement: Seattle is welcoming to people of color.

  • 1. Strongly Disagree 7.6%
  • 2. Disagree 9.9%
  • 3. No Opinion 16.6%
  • 4. Agree 34.4%
  • 5. Strongly Agree: 29.6%

35. If money were no object, I would put my child in:

  • Public school 35.9%
  • Private, secular school 27.9%
  • Private, religious school 14.7%
  • Home school 1.5%
  • Does not apply 20%

36. True or false: Spanking is an appropriate form of punishment.

  • True 36.2%
  • False 54.2%
  • Prefer not to answer 9.6%

Looking closer: Younger Seattleites are more likely to favor spanking (40.3%) than those 35 and over (33.7%).

37. How do you get to work? 

  • Single-occupancy car 50.4%
  • Bus 10.7%
  • Work from home 8.4%
  • Carpool 5.2%
  • Walk 3.8%
  • Light rail 3.1%
  • Bike 1.7%
  • Ferry 0.4%
  • Does not apply 20.8%

Looking closer: Those under 35 are significantly more likely than those 35 and over to drive alone to work (61.8% versus 43.4%).

38. How long is your daily commute, one way?

  • 1 to 15 minutes 18.8%
  • 16 to 30 minutes 34.4%
  • 31 to 60 minutes 18.8%
  • More than an hour 5.8%
  • Does not apply 1.5%
  • Prefer not to answer 20.8%

Looking closer: The average Seattleite spends 31.59 minutes traveling one way to work.

Methodology

This poll was conducted exclusively for Seattle Met magazine by Pulse Research, an independent market research firm based in the Pacific Northwest. The 400 respondents were randomly selected residents of Seattle, weighted by age and gender to represent the city’s demographics. Interviews were conducted between November 14, 2016, and November 29, 2016, and no incentive was offered to interviewees for their participation. Because of rounding, some percentages may not add up to 100.

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