Following on from the Premier League Fan Survey, (in which 84% of people surveyed think that the club is well run) www.myevertonnews.com and www.theevertonforum.com have conducted our own independent survey. We used our Twitter and Facebook Page, the news article and the forum to encourage Everton fans in all walks of life to fill in the survey. There were no leading questions and the 9 questions asked were simply used as a tool to gauge supporter confidence and positivity.
Q1. Are you a Season Ticket Holder.
46% of those surveyed were season ticket holders, so these people will often attend the most matches per season.
Q2. How many Everton games do you attend per season?
Interestingly, The highest amount of over a quarter of those surveyed attend more than 20 games per season (26%) with a further 14% attending over 30 games per season. Only 24% were infrequent visitors to games in the 0-5 category.
Q3. How much do you spend on Everton per season?
Most of the supporters surveyed spend well over £500 on Everton per season (46%), which given the tough economic climate is a healthy amount. Only 9% spent less than £99.
Q4. Do you feel positive about Everton as a whole?
33% of those surveyed were Positive about Everton as a whole, which is great. 2% were Very positive. A large proportion of those supporters surveyed were Negative about the club (29%). These results seem to go against the Premier League fan survey, where 99% of fans said they were positive and 75% said they were very positive.
Q5 How positive do you feel about the Everton Board
By far the largest selection of supporters at 53% were Very Negative about the board and a further 27% were negative. Only a combined total of 5% were either positive or very positive.
Q6 How positive do you feel about the Everton team?
In contrast, Everton supporters are positive about the on pitch affairs. 73% were positive about the team and performances with a further 5% who were very positive. Only a combined total of 4% were either negative or very negative. So it looks like in general Everton supporters are delighted with how David Moyes has structured the team.
Q7 Do you believe that Everton FC are well run by the board of directors?
In contrast to the Premier League Fan Survey which said that 84% of Everton fans were happy with how Everton were run, a massive 83% in our survey weren’t happy with how the club was run. Only 17% of the fans surveyed were happy.
Q8 Could more be done to sell the club?
We thought this was a relevant question as lots of clubs appear to being sold across the country and it has always been stated that our chairman is the best sales person for Everton. 94% of fans don’t think that we are doing enough to sell the club, which is by far the highest amount on any of the survey.
Q9 Should Everton reintroduce the AGM?
Lots of the fans surveyed believe that supporters/shareholders should be able to voice their opinion on the way forward for the club. A huge 88% of those surveyed believe that the club should have an AGM, with only 3% who think that it shouldn’t be brought back. 9% weren’t bothered either way.
This survey was aimed at the true supporters of Everton. A large amount of those surveyed were either Season Ticket Holders or attended a large amount of games per season, spending large amounts of money.
The Everton Supporters were generally positive about Everton as a club, but there was a large split in terms of on and off field positivity. There was a general negativity towards the board of directors and in general they believe that the club ISN’T well run.
On the pitch was a different matter and Everton fans are very happy about the good work that David Moyes and Steve Round are doing, with a nice air of positivity.
The AGM should be reintroduced according to supporters.
In conclusion, it looks like the board should be more transparent with supporters and maybe come out and show what steps they are making to sell the club.
To have your say on the survey and give your opinion, please visit the Everton forum and the survey thread which is located here: http://www.theevertonforum.co.uk/thread5439.html#post100817