Survey: Philadelphians love Philly
Philadelphians are having more positive feelings for the city than before, according to recent poll by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
More than half of Philadelphia residents surveyed (67 percent) said that expected the city to improve in the next five years, while 18 percent who expect it to get worse. This is the most positive feedback that specific question has received since it was first asked in 2009.
The poll found that almost half (48 percent) of those surveyed feel the city is on the right track, while 33 percent feel it’s on on the wrong track. When broken down by sections of the city, 53 percent of South Philadelphians, 44 percent of West Philadelphians, 48 percent of North Philadelphians, 53 percent of Northwest Philadelphians and 43 percent of Northeast Philadelphians feel the city is on the right track.
For people with a household income of less than $30,000, 45 percent said the city is on the right track. For people with household income from $30,000 to $50,000, 52 percent agreed. For those with a household income over $100,000, 61 percent said the the same.
Philadelphians are also more likely to recommend the city as a place to live. 70 percent of people said they would recommend the city, while 24 people said they would not.
More young people are also planning on staying in Philadelphia than when asked a few years ago. In 2013, 49 percent of people between the ages of 18-34 said they would probably not live in Philadelphia in five or 10 years. This year, that number dropped to 39 percent.
In terms of local government, Mayor Michael Nutter’s has an approval rating of 52 percent, while City Council’s has a 40 percent approval.
The pew poll also found varying opinions of the Philadelphia police. Overall, 55 percent of Philadelphians said they have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of confidence in the police, while 42 percent said they have “just some” or “very little.”
When the responses were broken down by race and ethnicity, the responses differed. 68 percent of Whites expressed confidence in the police to give equal treatment, while 51 percent of Blacks responded the opposite. For Latinos, the results for were similar to those of Blacks.
Residents were also asked about the amount of respect they had for the police, and once again, the responses differed by race. 81 percent of Whites said they have a “great deal” or “good amount” of respect for the police in the city, while 56 percent of Blacks and 58 percent of Latinos agreed
When asked whether “almost all police” or “not all police” are trustworthy and do their jobs correctly, 33 percent said “almost all police” and 62 percent said “not all police”. For whites, the breakdown was 44 to 51 percent; for blacks, 23 to 70 percent; and for Latinos, 24 to 73 percent.