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2012 Adult Phone (Short) Survey Results

This page presents the Adult Phone Survey results of the 2012 Public Opinions and Attitudes on Outdoor Recreation in California (SPOA). Learn more about the survey in Survey Methods.

To get started, choose a question, then explore the results.

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Demographics
  • Survey respondents by gender
  • Survey respondents by age
  • Survey respondents by region
  • Survey respondents by income
  • Survey respondents by education
  • Survey respondents by employment status
  • Survey respondents by household type
  • Survey respondents by marital status
  • Survey respondents by race
Accessibility, Usage, and Frequency
  • Travel mode and time to recreation
  • Time since last visit to outdoor recreation
  • Time spent at a park in the last month
  • Duration of last park visit
  • Frequency of use: Parks
  • Frequency of use: Trail for hiking, walking, horse
  • Frequency of use: Off-road motor vehicle
  • Change in park usage over last 5 years
  • Reasons why adults don't go to parks
Activities and Exercise
  • Last visit, Time active (non-sedentary)
  • Last visit, Time active (vigorous)
  • Last visit, Time active (moderate)
  • Typical level of physical activity at parks
  • Facilities used at last park visit (adult)
  • Usual activities engaged at parks (adult)
  • Primary activity engaged at last park visit
Satisfaction and Attitudes
  • Satisfaction with parks and facilities
  • Change in park satisfaction over last 5 years
Groups and Children
  • Group composition of park visits
  • Most common composition of groups visiting parks
  • Group size (adults), Friends and Family visits
  • Group size (children), Friends and Family visits
  • Activities engaged at last visit (child)
  • Primary activity engaged at last park visit (child)


RESULTS
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Select a question above.

Survey Question Text:

This question was determined by the interviewer.

Survey Question Text:

Which of the following best describes your age? SELECT ONE:
• 18 to 24
• 25 to 34
• 35 to 44
• 45 to 54
• 55 to 64
• 65 or better

Survey Question Text:

What is your zipcode at your home?

Afterward, this was mapped to one of the following regions:
• Central Coast
• Central Valley
• Los Angeles
• Northern California
• Greater San Francisco Bay Area
• Sierra
• Southern California

Survey Question Text:

Please stop me when I read the category that best describes your total annual household income before taxes.
• Under $20,000
• $20,000 to under $35,000
• $35,000 to under $50,000
• $50,000 to under $75,000
• $75,000 to under $100,000
• $100,000 to under $150,000
• $150,000 to under $200,000
• $200,000 or more

Survey Question Text:

What is the highest grade or level of education you have completed?
• Did not graduate high school
• High school graduate
• Some college but no degree
• Associate degree
• Bachelor’s degree
• Master’s degree
• Professional degree (i.e. MD, JD, DDS, etc.)
• Doctorate degree (i.e. PhD)

Survey Question Text:

Please stop me when I read the category that best describes your employment status.
• Employed full time
• Employed part time
• Retired
• Student (full or part-time)
• Homemaker
• Not employed, but looking for work
• Not employed and not looking for work

Survey Question Text:

Which of the following best describes your household?
• Living alone
• Couple with no children under 18 at home
• Couple with one or more children under 18 at home
• Single person(s) with children under 18 at home
• Single person with child/children over 18 living at home
• Living with roommates

Survey Question Text:

What is your marital status?
• Single, never married
• Married
• Living with partner
• Separated
• Divorced
• Widowed

Survey Question Text:

What is the racial or ethnic background (or backgrounds) that best describes your household?
• Hispanic or Latino of Mexican Descent
• Other Hispanic or Latino (for example, Guatemalan)
• White (non-Hispanic)
• Black or African American
• Asian
• Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
• American Indian or Alaska Native

Survey Question Text:

Within the last month (i.e. last 30 days), did you visit a park or outdoor recreation area?
How about the last SIX months?
How about the last 12 months?

Survey Question Text:

How many days in the last month did you visit a park or outdoor recreation area?

Survey Question Text:

During your last park or outdoor recreation area visit, how much time did you spend there?

Survey Question Text:

How frequently did you use one or more parks or recreation areas during the past 12 months?
• Two or more times per week
• About once a week
• Once or twice a month
• Several times a year
• Once or twice a year
• Not at all

Survey Question Text:

How frequently did you use a paved or unpaved off-street designated trail, either hiking, bicycling, or on horseback, during the past 12 months?
• Two or more times per week
• About once a week
• Once or twice a month
• Several times a year
• Once or twice a year
• Not at all

Survey Question Text:

How frequently did you recreate using an off-road recreational motor vehicle (like a 4-wheel drive, ATV or dirt bike) during the past 12 months?
• Two or more times per week
• About once a week
• Once or twice a month
• Several times a year
• Once or twice a year
• Not at all

Survey Question Text:

In general, do you spend more time, about the same amount of time, or less time in outdoor recreation activities than you did 5 years ago?
• More time
• About the same
• Less time

Survey Question Text:

• Not at all satisfied
• Somewhat satisfied
• Satisfied
• Very satisfied

Survey Question Text:

• Better than 5 years ago
• The same as 5 years ago
• Not as good as they were five years ago

Survey Question Text:

How do you usually get from your home to the place you most often visit for your recreation, and how many minutes does it take you to get there? Please estimate minutes in walking time, driving time or another mode of transportation.

Survey Question Text:

Of those DAYS/HOURS/MINUTES you said you spent in a park during your last park visit, how much of that time did you spend being physically active? By physically active we mean doing any physical movement rather than sitting, such as walking and biking.

Survey Question Text:

Of those DAYS/HOURS/MINUTES how much of that time did you spend doing vigorous activities for at least 10 minutes at a time, such as running, aerobics, a sport event like soccer, or anything else that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate?

Survey Question Text:

Of those DAYS/HOURS/MINUTES how much of that time did you spend being moderately active, by doing any physical movement rather than sitting that increases your heart rate such as brisk walking, bicycling, playing with kids or dog.

Survey Question Text:

On a typical visit, in general, which of the following BEST describes your level of activity when visiting parks? SELECT ONE
• Mostly sitting
• Mostly light activities, such as standing, walking or strolling at a slow pace
• Mostly moderate activities, such as walking at a moderate pace, playing tennis
• Mostly vigorous activities, such as jogging, soccer, playing basketball

Survey Question Text:

The next question asks whether or not you used certain facilities or amenities DURING your LAST park visit. Please listen to the following and tell me whether or not you used these amenities.
• Swimming pool
• Beach or water recreation area
• Scenic observation/wildlife viewing area
• Botanical garden, arboretum, zoo, museum
• Paved trail (such as a bike trail)
• Unpaved multipurpose trail (such as walking, hiking)
• Picnic table, picnic pavilion
• Community facility / building / public restroom
• Amusement area (such as a park train)
• Playground
• Tennis or basketball courts
• Organized sports fields (such as baseball, soccer)
• Open space to play (such as Frisbee, playing catch with a ball, flying a kite, playing with children)
• Skate park, as in roller skating
• Dog park area
• Community Garden
• Campground
• Nature Center

Survey Question Text:

• Swimming pool
• Beach or water recreation area
• Scenic observation/wildlife viewing area
• Botanical garden, arboretum, zoo, museum
• Paved trail (such as a bike trail)
• Unpaved multipurpose trail (such as walking, hiking)
• Picnic table, picnic pavilion
• Community facility / building / public restroom
• Amusement area (such as a park train)
• Playground
• Tennis or basketball courts
• Organized sports fields (such as baseball, soccer)
• Open space to play (such as Frisbee, playing catch with a ball, flying a kite, playing with children)
• Skate park, as in roller skating
• Dog park area
• Community Garden
• Campground
• Nature Center

Survey Question Text:

• Swimming pool
• Beach or water recreation area
• Scenic observation/wildlife viewing area
• Botanical garden, arboretum, zoo, museum
• Paved trail (such as a bike trail)
• Unpaved multipurpose trail (such as walking, hiking)
• Picnic table, picnic pavilion
• Community facility / building / public restroom
• Amusement area (such as a park train)
• Playground
• Tennis or basketball courts
• Organized sports fields (such as baseball, soccer)
• Open space to play (such as Frisbee, playing catch with a ball, flying a kite, playing with children)
• Skate park, as in roller skating
• Dog park area
• Community Garden
• Campground
• Nature Center

Survey Question Text:

When you go to a park who do you usually go with? READ LIST. SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
• No one (you usually go alone)
• Just Family
• Just Friends
• Both Family and Friends at the same time
• An Organized group
• With your Pet

Survey Question Text:

Who do you go to a park with most often? SELECT ONE ONLY
• No one (you usually go alone)
• Just Family
• Just Friends
• Both Family and Friends at the same time
• Organized group
• Pet

Survey Question Text:

When you go to a park with friends or family, including yourself, on average how many people are 18 years of age or older?

Survey Question Text:

(When you go to a park with friends or family, including yourself) How many people are less than 18 years of age?

Survey Question Text:

• Swimming pool
• Beach or water recreation area
• Scenic observation/wildlife viewing area
• Botanical garden, arboretum, zoo, museum
• Paved trail (such as a bike trail)
• Unpaved multipurpose trail (such as walking, hiking)
• Picnic table, picnic pavilion
• Community facility / building / public restroom
• Amusement area (such as a park train)
• Playground
• Tennis or basketball courts
• Organized sports fields (such as baseball, soccer)
• Open space to play (such as Frisbee, playing catch with a ball, flying a kite, playing with children)
• Skate park, as in roller skating
• Dog park area
• Community Garden
• Campground
• Nature Center

Survey Question Text:

Thinking of those who were less than 18 years of age, what types of activities did they do at a park?
• Swimming pool
• Beach or water recreation area
• Scenic observation/wildlife viewing area
• Botanical garden, arboretum, zoo, museum
• Paved trail (such as a bike trail)
• Unpaved multipurpose trail (such as walking, hiking)
• Picnic table, picnic pavilion
• Community facility / building / public restroom
• Amusement area (such as a park train)
• Playground
• Tennis or basketball courts
• Organized sports fields (such as baseball, soccer)
• Open space to play (such as Frisbee, playing catch with a ball, flying a kite, playing with children)
• Skate park, as in roller skating
• Dog park area
• Community Garden
• Campground
• Nature Center

Survey Question Text:

Can you tell us why you’re spending less time (in outdoor recreation activities than you did 5 years ago)?

About Result Numbers

Responses on this page show the number of people ("n") in each bar/response. Note that for this survey, a sample size greater than 385 will have a 95% confidence level and a +/- 5% confidence interval. This means that a sample of this size will produce answers that, 95 times out of a 100, would fall within plus or minus five percent of the answer that would be produced if asked of the entire population.

In general, use caution when making comparisons between query results. If your result has a sample size ("n") of less than 385, then both the statistical confidence level may drop and confidence interval may increase. Also note that statistical tests to determine whether or not statistically significant differences exist between findings have not been performed.