Traditionally, rural Nebraskans have not had a strong voice in state policy decisions. The Nebraska Rural Poll gathers the aggregated voice of rural Nebraskans and relays its findings to state lawmakers, ensuring the rural voice is heard. The goal of the Nebraska Rural Poll is to give local and state leaders a better understanding of the issues, challenges and concerns of Nebraska's rural citizens. The Rural Poll is an annual effort that focuses on such issues as community, government policy, well-being and work.
Core questions are included every year; over time these core questions will provide insight about trends and changes occurring in rural Nebraska. In addition, each year rural citizens and government officials form an advisory committee that identifies key issues or topics to include in the survey. Poll findings are distributed to member of the Nebraska Legislature, staff members of the state's congressional delegation, and other state and local leaders to facilitate their decision making.
This year the Rural Poll celebrates its 25th anniversary. As we mark this milestone, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted life across our state, nation and world. Understanding both the issues rural communities face, as well as the successes and opportunities they enjoy, is the first step in building communities that will thrive for decades to come.
The 25th annual Nebraska Rural Poll was mailed out to 7,000 randomly selected households located in nonmetropolitan counties in March of 2020. This year's questionnaire asked rural Nebraskans about recent weather events, agriculture, and resilience, as well as the core questions on well-being and community.
To view the reports from the 2020 survey, click here.