2015 Nebraska Rural Poll Reports


Higher Education: Opinions and Participation among Nonmetropolitan Nebraskans
released November 19, 2015

According to the 2013 Census, 43 percent of Nebraska's working age adults (ages 25 – 64) have a two- or four-year college degree, higher than the national average of 40 percent. Recent national and state initiatives seek to increase the numbers who earn a postsecondary degree. A report released by the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce indicates two-thirds of Nebraska's jobs will require some type of postsecondary education degree by 2018. Given these trends and opportunities, how many rural Nebraskans have recently participated in education or training activities and what types? How satisfied are they with various delivery methods of education and training? Do rural Nebraskans view higher education as important for individuals and the economy? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

Perspectives on Community Life in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska
released October 19, 2015

Population losses are an ongoing problem in rural counties. This loss leads to many issues faced by rural communities such as funding public services, business transition and retention, recruiting new residents, an aging population base as well as many others. Given these challenges, how do rural Nebraskans feel about their community? Are they satisfied with the services provided by their community? Are they planning to move from their community in the next year? Have these views changed over the past twenty years? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

Climate and Energy: Opinions of Nonmetropolitan Nebraskans
released September 14, 2015

Are rural Nebraskans concerned about climate change? Do they think we have a role in adapting to our changing climate? Do they believe climate change will affect their family’s health in coming years? How do rural Nebraskans feel about developing more renewable energy sources? How are they conserving energy? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

Engagement in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska: Civic and Political Participation and Views of Community Leadership
released August 5, 2015

Given recent trends and challenges, how involved are rural Nebraskans in community and political activities? Are they currently registered to vote and how frequently do they vote? How do they feel about the leadership in their community? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

Optimism in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska: Perceptions of Well-Being

released July 14, 2015

Given the challenges and uncertainties of recent years, how do rural Nebraskans believe they are doing and how do they view their future? How satisfied are they with various items that influence their well-being? Have these views changed over the past twenty years? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.