NW Poll

The Great Neighbor Index

Friday, August 21, 2020by  PEMCO Insurance

According to the 2020 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, Seattle-area residents enjoy their neighbors more than they used to (Index score of 40 vs. 27 in 2015) – but that still doesn’t mean they want to be invited over to visit. How about you? Have you gotten closer or more distant from your neighbors in recent years? Has the pandemic played a role?

When you think about the neighbors in your immediate vicinity—like on your block or in your building—how many of them have you met in person?

Portland Metro
20142014
4239Less than one-quarter
2518Between one-quarter and one-half
1523Between one-half and three-quarters
1619Between three-quarters and all, or almost all
21No neighbors / Don’t know

When you think about the neighbors in your immediate vicinity—like on your block or in your building—how many of them have you met in person?

Portland Metro
RentRent
5957Less than one-quarter
1313Between one-quarter and one-half
1512Between one-half and three-quarters
1013Between three-quarters and all, or almost all
35No neighbors / Don’t know

When you think about how safe your neighborhood is, how big of a concern is this to you, personally?

Portland Metro
20142014
76Extremely concerned
107Very concerned
2531Somewhat concerned
3841Not very concerned
1914Not at all concerned

When you think about how safe your neighborhood is, how big of a concern is this to you, personally?

Portland Metro
55 +55 +
46Extremely concerned
810Very concerned
2821Somewhat concerned
4039Not very concerned
2024Not at all concerned

When you go on vacation, do you let other people in your neighborhood know that you will be gone?

Portland Metro
20142014
2321Always
2422Usually
1519Sometimes
1617Rarely
2119Never

When you go on vacation, do you let other people in your neighborhood know that you will be gone?

Portland Metro
FemaleFemale
2117Always
1821Usually
1917Sometimes
1315Rarely
2528Never

When you go on vacation, do you let other people in your neighborhood know that you will be gone?

Portland Metro
55 +55 +
3731Always
2328Usually
1415Sometimes
913Rarely
1512Never

Sum of great neighbors minus sum of bad neighbors, with Net Index Score (net value summed across all respondents)

Portland Metro
20142014
2015Net negative (more bad neighbors than great ones)
1112Net zero (same number of bad and great ones)
6973Net positive (more great neighbors than bad ones)
2735Net Great Neighbor Index score (GNI)

In your opinion, which of these things are most important when describing what it means to be a great neighbor? (Pick up to five.)

Portland Metro
20142014
4551Respects the rights of others and is reasonable when issues need to be resolved
5449Trustworthy with high integrity
3645Watches out for your place when you’re gone
NANAIs respectful of shared spaces
3445Maintains their home and vehicles with pride
5754Helpful when asked
3533Quiet
4038Courteous, but not overly talkative or chatty
3436Willing to share belongings such as a ladder or cup of sugar (without exchanging money)
NANADoes a great job following public health guidelines like wearing a mask and/or practicing social distancing
1720Approachable, but keeps their distance
2929Always talks to you when s/he sees you
2228If they have pets, the pets stay in their own yard and/or are quiet
93Is interested and asks a lot of questions about you and/or your family
62Frequently invites you over
41Often has loud parties with multiple guests
00None of these
11Don’t know

In your opinion, which of these things are most important when describing what it means to be a great neighbor? (Pick up to five.)

Portland Metro
20142014
4551Respects the rights of others and is reasonable when issues need to be resolved
5449Trustworthy with high integrity
3645Watches out for your place when you’re gone
NANAIs respectful of shared spaces
3445Maintains their home and vehicles with pride
5754Helpful when asked
3533Quiet
4038Courteous, but not overly talkative or chatty
3436Willing to share belongings such as a ladder or cup of sugar (without exchanging money)
NANADoes a great job following public health guidelines like wearing a mask and/or practicing social distancing
1720Approachable, but keeps their distance
2929Always talks to you when s/he sees you
2228If they have pets, the pets stay in their own yard and/or are quiet
93Is interested and asks a lot of questions about you and/or your family
62Frequently invites you over
41Often has loud parties with multiple guests
00None of these
11Don’t know

In your opinion, which of these things are most important when describing what it means to be a bad neighbor? (Pick up to five.)

Portland Metro
20142014
6266Does not respect the rights of others and is not reasonable when issues need to be resolved
6973Often has loud parties with multiple guests
NANAIs disrespectful of shared spaces
6571Is not trustworthy
4060If they have pets, the pets do not stay in their own yard and/or are noisy
4251Does not maintain their home and vehicles with pride
NANADoes not do a great job following public health guidelines like wearing a mask and/or practicing social distancing
2619Not helpful when asked
1917Is not approachable, and stays very distant
2524Rarely talks to you when s/he sees you
86Does not watch out for your place when you’re gone
1010Is not interested in you and/or your family
107Not willing to share belongings such as a ladder or cup of sugar (without exchanging money)
86Courteous, but is overly talkative or chatty
51Frequently invites you over
41Is quiet
01None of these
21Don’t know / No answer

In general, since the start of the pandemic, when you think about how regularly you speak or chat with, or get together with, any of your neighbors (whether in person or online), would you say you’ve engaged with them more since the start of the pandemic, less, or has the amount of time you engage with neighbors not changed?

Portland Metro
14Engaged more
57Stayed the same
25Engaged less
4Don’t know

Why have you engaged less frequently with your neighbors since the start of the pandemic?

Portland Metro
154Those less likely to engage
86Because of social distancing and stay-at home guidelines I’m less likely to run into my neighbors
56The stay-at-home orders because of COVID-19 have made it harder or more dangerous to engage with them
21We do not have any neighborhood issues to resolve that require us to talk
14I feel less of a desire or responsibility to check in with them
5I don’t need my neighbors’ help as much as I used to
4My neighbors don’t need my help as much as they used to
3I don’t care about my neighbors as much as I used to

Why have you engaged with your neighbors more since the start of the pandemic?

Portland Metro
85Those more likely to engage
75I’m spending more time at home and have been more likely to see my neighbors
55The stay-at-home order because of COVID-19 have given us reasons to engage more frequently
29I feel a great desire or responsibility to check in with them
21I care about my neighbors more than I used to
8I need their help more than I used to
8They need my help more than they used to
4There have been issues that need to be resolved, creating a need to talk

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll

PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 578 respondents in Washington and 427 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.2 and 4.8% respectively at the 95% confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

Supplemental interviews were conducted with people living in the Seattle metro area, including King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, and those in the Portland metro area, including Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties. The sample size, 578 respondents in the Seattle area and 509 in the Portland area, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.2% and +/- 4.4% respectively at the 95% confidence level.

About PEMCO Insurance

PEMCO Insurance is the Defender of Your Northwest, providing auto, home, renters and boat coverage. We are consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee expertise and social impact. Our Mutual Good programs raise the achievement levels for youth in education; build stronger, greener environments; and increase safety at home, on the road and at play. Our mission: Free our communities to worry less and live more. 

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