Pew poll finds nearly half say city is on the wrong track
Forty-five percent of respondents said the city was "on the wrong track," up 8 percentage points from 2009. Meanwhile, 37 percent said the city was "headed in the right direction," compared with 46 percent that same year.
Thirty-seven percent of city residents said the city had become a worse place to live over the last five years, while 25 percent said it was better. In 2009, those numbers were essentially flipped, with more people saying things had improved.
And what about the city's future?
The survey did not ask residents why they gave a particular answer to any question. The poll was conducted from July 23 to Aug. 13, a time when the school-funding crisis and the aftermath of the fatal building collapse dominated local news.
"There's no question the education issue looms large," said Larry Eichel, director of Pew's Philadelphia program. "There's certainly a lot of concern about education."
- Jan Ransom