Two years after this first survey, several questions arise:
How has the Department of Transportation responded to issues raised in the 1997 survey? Are more proactive responses possible?
Do public perceptions of the Departments current performance differ significantly from perceptions in 1997? If so, how?
How does public opinion differ if assessed in the fall, rather than the spring (which in 1997 immediately followed a record severe winter)?
Would a current survey confirm or refute the significantly different opinions expressed in 1997 by citizens in the Rapid City Region? If differences are confirmed, what factors underlie them?
What other differences of opinion between demographic groups are significant?
What are the publics opinions on current issues, including funding for transportation construction and maintenance, commercial vehicle operations
Research is needed to reassess the publics opinions of the Departments performance, explain their significance, and identify how the Department can respond to them.