Mercyhurst survey focuses on perceptions of poverty

Mercyhurst College students will be conducting a public opinion poll on “Perceptions of Poverty in Erie County” Oct. 8 through Nov. 1.

The students, whose majors span social work, sociology, political science and criminal justice, will be telephoning area residents between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m., said Dr. Laura Lewis, chair of the sociology and social work department at Mercyhurst, who is directing the survey. 

Lewis said the poll takes on average approximately eight minutes to complete with the goal of providing local community leaders with information that can be used as they go forward in making decisions about community well-being. 

The project is being funded through the Mercyhurst Civic Institute.

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