CASI Survey
1. In your opinion, has coastal flooding become more or less of a problem in the county in recent years? *
2. Would you agree or disagree that local government policies are adequate for addressing coastal flooding over the longterm (e.g., over a decade or more)? *
3. Communities can choose to take action before flooding occurs to lessen its impacts, or wait and respond to problems caused by flooding after it occurs. When do you think is the best time to act? *
4. Have you ever experienced coastal flooding of your home or property? *
5. Sea-level rise is an issue some coastal communities have been discussing recently. Sea-level rise refers to increases in the height of water relative to the land from year to year. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree that sea-level rise is occurring? *
6. When do you believe the effects of sea-level rise will significantly impact the county, if ever? *
7. Some people do not know very much about sea-level rise, while some know a great amount. Based on what you know, do you agree or disagree with each of these statements? *
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither disagree nor agree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree
a. About half of observed sea-level rise in the region is due to sinking land.
b. Sea walls can increase flood risks by damaging wetlands and causing erosion further down the coast.
c. The timing and extent of the impacts of sea-level rise in the county are uncertain.
d. Climate change is one of the causes of observed changes in sea levels.
8. Experiences with coastal flooding are different based on where you live. Which of these characteristics apply to your home or property? *
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9. How would you describe the risk of heightened flooding from sea-level rise over the next 40 years to … (Please circle your response) *
No risk
Very little risk
Some risk
High risk
Don't know
a. the county generally
b. your own neighborhood
c. your own home or property
10. Local governments have three types of strategies in addressing sea-level rise. How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of these strategies? *
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither disagree nor agree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree
A. Wait and see: Address sea-level rise impacts if and when they occur.
B. Build defenses: Prepare to defend coastal communities from rising water levels.
C. Move inland: Adopt strategies to move communities away from the coast.
11. Which of these strategies do you most support? *
12. Which is your second preference? *
13. Local governments have different actions they could take now if they choose to wait to address future sea-level rise impacts. How strongly do you agree or disagree with these actions? *
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither disagree nor agree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree
A. Do nothing at this time
B. Monitor changes in severity and frequency of coastal flood events in their communities.
C. Conduct additional assessments of future sea-level rise impacts, such as mapping and fiscal analyses.
D. Take measures to increase protection against current coastal flood risks.
14. Which of these actions do you most support? *
15. Which is your second preference? *
16. Which is your third preference? *
17. Local governments have different actions they could take to defend communities from rising water levels. How strongly do you agree or disagree with these actions? *
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither disagree nor agree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree
A. Create stricter building codes in areas at risk to enable structures to withstand higher water levels from future sea-level rise.
B. Build walls and other “hard” defenses along the shore where feasible.
C. Make public infrastructure, such as roads, stormwater drainage, and water and sewer lines, more resilient to future sea-level rise.
18. Which of these actions do you most support? *
19. Which is your second preference? *
20. Local governments have different actions they could take to move communities away from the coast. How strongly do you agree or disagree with these actions? *
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither disagree nor agree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree
A. Purchase coastal lands to serve as a buffer to sea-level rise impacts and preserve shoreline ecosystems.
B. Require new buildings to be sited as far inland as is practicable on at-risk coastal lots.
C. Rezone areas at risk of coastal flooding to allow fewer new buildings in those areas.
D. Prohibit rebuilding of structures at high risk.
21. Which of these actions do you most support? *
22. Which is your second preference? *
23. Which is your third preference? *
24. The following questions ask you how you feel generally about political policy questions. Please tell us how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements. *
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree
a. Most local public policy issues are so complex that someone like me can’t understand them.
b. People like me do not have any say in what local government does.
c. I have the ability to talk about and participate in local public affairs.
d. Local public officials care a lot what people like me think.
25. The following questions ask what impact citizens can have in influencing local government policies. Please tell us how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements. *
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree
a. Organized citizens can have an impact on the policies of local government.
b. Local elected officials will respond to the needs of citizens.
c. As citizens, we can successfully work together to promote important local policy issues.
d. We can cooperate as citizens to evaluate information and make important decisions that affect our local communities.
26. People in our society often disagree how far to let individuals go in making decisions for themselves. How strongly you agree or disagree with each of these statements? *
Strongly disagree
Moderately disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Moderately agree
Strongly agree
a. The government interferes far too much in our everyday lives.
b. Sometimes government needs to make laws that keep people from hurting themselves.
c. It's not the government's business to try to protect people from themselves.
d. The government should stop telling people how to live their lives.
e. The government should do more to advance society's goals, even if that means limiting the freedom and choices of individuals.
f. Government should put limits on the choices individuals can make so they don't get in the way of what's good for society.
27. People in our society often disagree about issues of equality and discrimination. How strongly you agree or disagree with each of these statements? *
Strongly disagree
Moderately disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Moderately agree
Strongly agree
a. We have gone too far in pushing equal rights in this country.
b. Our society would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal.
c. We need to dramatically reduce inequalities between the rich and the poor, whites and people of color, and men and women.
d. Discrimination against minorities is still a very serious problem in our society.
e. It seems like blacks, women, homosexuals and other groups don't want equal rights, they want special rights just for them.
f. Society as a whole has become too soft and feminine.
28. Please specify your gender: *
29. Please specify your age: *
Your answer
30. What is the highest degree or level of school that you have completed? *
31. Which of the following broad categories describes your current approximate annual household income before taxes? *
32. On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is "very liberal," and 7 is "very conservative," where would you place yourself? *
33. Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as a ... *
34. How likely are you to vote in the next election? *
35. What ethnicity do you consider yourself? *
Please specify your race: *
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