Pew Poll finds Philadelphians are somewhat optimistic about city's future

Despite a brutal economy and deep city budget cuts, Philadelphians remain relatively optimistic about the city's future as worries over crime and violence ease, according to a new survey of 1,602 city residents by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Sixty-three percent of those surveyed rated Philadelphia as a "good" or "excellent" place to live, compared to only 36 percent who labeled it a "fair" or "poor" place to call home. Forty one percent of respondents said the city was on the right track, compared to 34 percent who said the city was on the wrong track. And where last year 45 percent of Philadelphians identified crime in an open-ended question as the thing they liked least about living in the city, that figure dropped to 35 percent in the poll released this morning

“This generally positive outlook is somewhat surprising, considering how hard Philadelphians have been hit by the economy, especially when it comes to jobs,” said Larry Eichel, project director of the Philadelphia Research Initiative and a former Inquirer reporter.

The full survey can be read here.

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