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Silicon Valley Poll

About the Silicon Valley Poll

The Silicon Valley Poll is an extensive public opinion survey placed in the field annually by Joint Venture and its research arm, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. Carried out in partnership with The Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, the Poll tracks recurring questions probing how residents feel about the general direction of the region and their stance on a range of policy and planning questions. Each year the poll also poses timely and topical questions about current events.

The inaugural installment of the Silicon Valley Poll was released on October 12, 2021, and will subsequently be released every Fall.

What is the poll methodology?

The Poll is a scientifically valid survey of 1,600 registered voters carried out online over a four-day period in the Fall. Conducted in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin) and Vietnamese, the Poll respondents live in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. The survey is stratified by age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, sub-region, and the respondents’ vote in the most recent presidential election. The modeled margin of error is 2.8 percent.

Change Research, Inc., and its subsidiary Embed Research carry out the field work in partnership with Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies.

Reach and impact

The Poll is a tool placed in the hands of the community, and it provides valuable information for decision makers.

Residents and their leaders from every sector gather each year for a detailed briefing on the Poll results, which are also reported extensively in the press. Owing to the worldwide pandemic, the 2021 Briefing will be conducted via Zoom.

The Silicon Valley Poll is a companion to the Silicon Valley Index, a comprehensive report presenting hundreds of indicators on the strength of our economy and the health of our community. The Index reports out the facts about our region; the Poll provides valuable information about people’s view of Silicon Valley’s major trends and challenges.

About Joint Venture

Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides analysis and action on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, launch projects and work toward innovative solutions.