Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Survey Finds Crime Top Problem Facing Philadelphia

Crime is the No. 1 issue on the minds of Philadelphia residents, according to a new survey.

Among the findings of the poll commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative:

* When asked in an open-ended question what factors they like least about living in Philadelphia, 45 percent of participants say crime or violence. Next comes dirty streets and trash -- named by 8 percent.

* Of those who say they would move out of the city if they had the chance, 36 percent list crime as the number-one reason, followed by a preference for a suburban lifestyle (10 percent) and concern about their children's schools (8 percent).

* Asked whether they feel safe outside in their neighborhoods at night, 37 percent say they do not -- with 24 percent saying they feel "a little unsafe" and 13 percent "not safe at all."
Pew Survey Finds Crime Top Problem Facing Philadelphia

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