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Caithness News Bulletins Elections 2007
Rural Survey As You Leave Polling Stations
Researcher To Gauge "quality of life"
In Rural Scotland
Dr Holger Bergmann, a researcher at the University of Aberdeen's Business School, is asking residents in Caithness, Sutherland, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen to take a few minutes to give their views on rural life after leaving their polling station on May 3.
Questions will touch on a number of topics such as the impact of local farming on the environment, community spirit in countryside areas, and the role of farming and forestry in the region.
"The survey is aimed at getting a broad and thorough understanding of the general quality of life perceptions among residents in Scottish communities," said Dr Bergmann. "Anyone who takes the time to answer the questions can be assured that their responses will remain confidential, and will in no circumstances be made available to anyone else other than the research team without explicit consent."
Dr Bergmann's study is part of a wider
European Union research project called TOP-MARD (Towards a Policy Model of
"The survey is very simple and straightforward, and shouldn't take more than a few minutes for someone to complete when they're leaving the polling station on May 3," added Dr Begrmann. "It would be extremely helpful to the Scottish leg of the project if as many people as possible could take part."
The three-year TOP-MARD project involves studies in Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK and Norway.
Voters will be able to complete the survey at the
following polling stations: