CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Nebraska Rural Poll Research Report 14-1, August 2014.


Copyright 2014 University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Nebraska farm income decreased in 2013 compared to the previous year. However, Nebraska’s per capita income has been above the national average since 2011. Given the challenges and uncertainties of recent years, 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? 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 nineteen years? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions. This report details 1,943 responses to the 2014 Nebraska Rural Poll, the nineteenth annual effort to understand rural Nebraskans’ perceptions. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their community and wellbeing. Trends for some of the questions are examined by comparing data from the eighteen previous polls to this year’s results. In addition, comparisons are made among different respondent subgroups, that is, comparisons by age, occupation, region, etc. Based on these analyses, some key findings emerged.