Skidmore Survey On Saratoga National Golf Course

This is an interesting little story from Saratoga Today about a survey done by Skidmore students about Saratoga National Golf Course.  Not very scientific.  They interviewed people attending city council meetings about their views on SNGC

Survey Results

3 thoughts on “Skidmore Survey On Saratoga National Golf Course”

  1. The survey was NOT about about public opinion on Saratoga National, but rather who attends open meetings on public issues. The survey shows that public meetings are dominated by purists who feel strongly about the issues rather than moderates or centrists.

    I can tell you that 95% of the people who attended filled out the survey, including many men in suits.

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  2. “The survey shows that public meetings are dominated by purists who feel strongly about the issues rather than moderates or centrists.” Really? You had to have your students do a survey to discover that the people at a meeting where an issue they care about is on the agenda have strong feelings about that issue? But why are they “purists”– a rather pejorative term that conjures up an image of a person who will not listen to other points of view and doesn’t have a reasoned opinion. Such a characterization, I think, does a disservice to the people regardless of what their position was who turned out for that meeting; and I am surprised and disappointed that the professor of a course called “Real Democracy” would encourage his students to view the audience in this way. In addition I would argue that there are many ways to interpret any survey results. You chose to push a rather un-nuanced interpretation which I think did a disservice to Saratogians who took the time to participate in an important democratic opportunity for citizen involvement. Fortunately your students were wise enough to draw other conclusions. Zach Lachman is quoted as urging citizens who care about an issue to “Go to a city council meeting…” and I would add and be brave enough to do that in spite of the possibility that you may be labeled “a purist.”

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