Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) recently completed a survey of 600 telephone interviews with respondents in the San Luis Obispo County Community College District ('SLOCCCD' or 'Cuesta College'). The survey found strong support among San Luis Obispo County voters for a potential SLOCCCD bond measure of up to $347 million on the November 2014 ballot. Additional findings show that voters are almost universally familiar with Cuesta College, SLOCCCD’s community college, that more than seven-in-ten voters recognize that the District has a significant need for additional funding, and by a margin of two-to-one, voters trust the Cuesta College Board of Trustees to spend money efficiently. Voters also overwhelmingly recognize the contribution that Cuesta College makes to their communities in providing training for local emergency responders serving throughout San Luis Obispo County.

  • Sixty-nine percent of San Luis Obispo County voters support a potential Cuesta College bond measure on the November 2014 ballot of up to $347 million. This level of support is well above the 55 percent margin required for passage.
  • Nearly nine-in-ten respondents identify Cuesta as their local community college. This suggests a nearly universal level of awareness of the college among respondents. 
  • More than seven in ten respondents believed the SLOCCCD has “some” or “great” need for additional funding, with more than four-in-ten describing the District’s need as “great.”
  • Respondents rated the Trustee’s spending as efficient by a margin of two-to-one, an indication that voters have retained confidence in the College’s financial management despite the accreditation challenges that the institution has faced in recent years. 
  • More than eight-in-ten respondents agreed that Cuesta College plays a critical role in keeping their community safe by training the first responders that serve in their community, including more than five-in-ten who describe this statement as “very accurate” 
  • In conclusion, survey results suggest that San Luis Obispo County voters understand the financial needs of Cuesta College, and place great value on the role this institution plays in the communities. Overall, survey results indicate that a potential Cuesta College bond measure is viable in November 2014.

Complete Survey Results (PDF)