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Issues and Voices that Matter July 8, 2011

Bouquets & Brickbats – A Survey of Oviedo Residents

The results are in hand from a survey of 1200 randomly selected residents of the city of Oviedo, Florida. The findings are worthy of a bouquet of roses for city leaders for the positive responses to answers to questions asked in the survey. Yet a brickbat might be in order for questions that weren’t asked. Oviedo Deputy Mayor Steve Henken takes a bow for the city while agreeing that a few other timely questions could have been asked. Length – 19:55

Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck, Title graphic “Tick” – courtesy Yarranz


Henken address the survey’s highlights and lowlights while accepting another bouquet tossed the city’s way from Relocate America, and he makes an “exclusive” campaign announcement at the end of the podcast.

In a separate podcast — The Nitty Gritty: Behind the Oviedo Survey, you’ll learn about the nuts and bolts surrounding the survey from Henken and principals of the national firms responsible for the how the results were gathered and the best practices used to assure the objectivity of the findings. The podcast is a “must-listen” for inquisitive citizens and survey wonks.

Called the National Citizen Survey, 1200 households within the city limits were selected to receive the survey, 392 responded, a 33% response rate with a 5% margin of error.

Links to the survey questionnaire and the results are below.

Henken reports that the survey revealed most residents experienced a good quality of life in the city of Oviedo and believed Oviedo was a good place to live. The overall quality of life in the city was rated as “excellent” or “good” by 92% of respondents. Almost all respondents reported they plan on staying in the city for the next five years.

A variety of characteristics of the community was evaluated by those participating in the study.
Among the characteristics receiving the most favorable ratings were the overall image or reputation of Oviedo, air quality, and the cleanliness of Oviedo. The three characteristics receiving the least
positive ratings were employment opportunities, shopping opportunities, and ease of bus travel in

Deputy Mayor Henken noted that the city used benchmark comparisons to other cities in the US of a similar population size. Of the 29 characteristics for which comparisons were available, Oviedo scored above the national benchmark in 19 categories, 6 categories were similar to the national benchmark comparison and 4 were below.

Additional Feature Information

Steve Henken
Deputy Mayor and seat 1 council member, City of Oviedo

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Links to other podcasts produced by CMF Public Media featuring Steve Henken

Extended Interview & Pictures

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Steve Henken, Deputy Mayor and seat 1 council member, City of Oviedo and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (1:02:27)


Extended Text

Three days after this interview with Steve Henken was recorded (on June 28, 2011), the city announced that Family Circle magazine selected Oviedo to be one of their “Ten Best Towns for Families” in 2011.

2 Responses to “Bouquets & Brickbats – A Survey of Oviedo Residents”

  1. Don Boyd says:

    Excellent interview as usual. CMF is definitely an outstanding media for getting into the details of what’s happening in Oviedo!

  2. Interesting look at the community. Love the candid banter. Mr. Henken and Oviedo certainly have reason to be proud of the rating but the real issues that need to be addressed are similar to many, many other communities.

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