Guam - University of Guam Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Owen and her students will be presenting their research on the local perception of the military buildup this week. The goal of the study, according to Owen, was to objectively gather an accurate representation. There was 403 participants.
According to the results, 53% view the buildup as positive and 41% disagreed. 71% of residents perceive the buildup as good for the economy, while 74% perceive that it is bad for culture. Other findings include youth being concerned about jobs, land takings, cultural and identity loss.
Meanwhile, higher income and lowest income residents viewed the buildup more positively while middle income viewed the buildup least positively. More details on the survey are scheduled to be released by Dr. Own and her students on Tuesday.