Washington State University's

Social & Economic Sciences Research Center

survey taker

Over 35 Years of Survey Research Experience

Welcome to the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University. Our mission is to provide the highest quality survey research services to citizens and policy makers in Washington State, and others nationwide, and to educate students, faculty, and others about survey methods. Our approach to all projects, whether small or large, is as a team of professionals working together to solve problems and deliver high quality information in a timely manner.

The Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at Washington State University (WSU) is the largest university-based survey research center in the Pacific Northwest. Initially established in 1970 as the Social Research Center, and renamed in 1985, the SESRC offers over 35 years of professional experience in survey research.


In September the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center and Washington State University began conducting a general survey of Washington State residents. The purpose of the study is to obtain the opinions of Washington residents regarding current social and economic issues they are facing.

Telephone interviews were conducted with 1,354 Washington State residents between September 8 and November 19, 2008. The overall margin of error is ±3.5%. The survey was weighted by gender to reflect the state’s population.

Washington State residents were asked which area of services should receive the highest priority for tax dollars.  The highest priority for 31% is K through 12 schools, followed by economic development and jobs (22%), health care (15%), reducing taxes (6%), roads (6%), the environment (4%), higher education (4%), and social welfare (4%).

Washington State Issues Graph

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To see more of the latest selected results, visit our results page here.

For more information about the survey contact SESRC at 509-335-1511 or www.sesrc.wsu.edu

Home of Don A. Dillman

Dr. Dillman is Regents Professor and the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy at Washington State University.  He serves as Deputy Director for Research and Development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center.

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