1992 Orange County Annual Survey
University of California, Irvine

Executive Summary
Survey Methodology


Jobs and the Economy
Most Important Problem
The Orange County Economy
Personal Finances
Consumer Confidence
Local Industries

Tracking Questions
County Perceptions
Satisfaction with Freeways
Growth and Development
The Environment
Reducing Solo Driving
Housing Costs
Charitable Giving
Political Climate


Faculty and Staff
Financial Contributors
Steering Committee
Advisory Committee
1992 Survey and Output

University of California, Irvine
1992 UC Regents

The eleventh report of the Orange County Annual Survey, UCI focuses on the timely issue of "Jobs and the Economy," as well as examining the topics we have been monitoring in previous years. The 1992 survey was conducted from August 26 to September 2 and included 1,012 adult residents. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percent.


To provide decision-makers in the private and public sectors with valid and current information on Orange County adult residents.

To track shifts in important attitudes and population characteristics over time.

To study the social, economic, and political issues of Orange County from a non-advocacy position.

To help establish public discussion and enlightened debate in furthering public policy.


The 1992 Orange County Annual Survey is the eleventh report in the series. This year, the survey focuses on the timely issue of "Jobs and the Economy." We continue our analysis of trends involving the county's most important problems, general perceptions of the county, and the issues of transportation, air quality, the environment, housing costs and charitable behavior. We also ask questions about the 1992 election and the county's political climate.

Many people were involved in this on-going project. Cheryl Katz co-authored the final report and was centrally involved with me in the research design, statistical analysis and writing. Graduate students conducted focus groups on survey topics in the spring. Undergraduates assisted with the data analysis this fall. The survey data were collected through telephone interviews by Interviewing Services of America of Van Nuys, CA.

The Steering Committee ranked the topics for study this year through a mail survey in the spring. Members of the Advisory Committee met with me during the year to offer suggestions for survey questions. The names and affiliations of committee members are listed in the appendices.

This survey is funded by contributions from local corporations, public agencies and private foundations. This year, there were 32 subscribers and sponsors. I thank the sponsors and subscribers listed on the following page, whose support made this study possible.

Mark Baldassare and Cheryl Katz
University of California, Irvine

Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning
School of Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine
November 30, 1992