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What do residents think about the name "East Winter Garden"?

Should they keep it? Should they change it? Does it matter?

Polis Institute recently posed those questions to 225 people in the East Winter Garden neighborhood — about 28 percent of the area's residents.

It turns out the majority of respondents didn't care one way or the other.

In the survey, 52 percent of those asked were neutral about the name "East Winter Garden" while 31 percent told survey takers that they either liked or loved the name, and 17 percent said they disliked or hated it.

When asked about renaming East Winter Garden, again, 50 percent gave a collective shoulder shrug. Only 22 percent were all in on choosing another name for the neighborhood while 27 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed with changing it.

Survey comments included:

"It's unimportant, there is other stuff to worry about."

"The name is perfect the way it is."

"What's changing the name going to do?"

"It should all be referred to as Winter Garden."

"I prefer Winter Garden over East Winter Garden."

"We need to do something to better the community."

Polis Institute did not respond to emailed questions about their survey methodology.

Chloe Johnson-Brunson, acting president of One Winter Garden, a neighborhood advocacy group, told VoxPopuli that the survey results didn't surprise her.

"Everyone opinion on things are always neutral when you do a survey," she said via text.

For her part, she would like to see the area's name changed. "My personal opinion is to do away with the East Winter Garden. If we are all hoping to be in unity, why not just Winter Garden?"

Perhaps it's time for a larger sample size.



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