Chicago’s latest index shows lingering concern over public safety and public transportation

Responses were statistically reweighted to account for lower response rates among women, renters, people of color, and youth, as well as higher response rates among downtown and north side residents. the city. For this quarter’s survey, the precision of the survey sample is +/- 3% and for time trends, +/- 7%. Learn more about the methodology here. The intention is to build representation among participants over time.

Public safety sentiment has improved from what Polco described as “alarming” ratings in the fourth quarter of 2021. Of all respondents, 33% rate the city as a whole as “very” or “somewhat safe “, while the others find it “rather” or “very dangerous”. That’s up from 26% last quarter.

A majority of residents (52%) still feel “somewhat” or “much less” safe in Chicago when shopping, dining out (52%), participating in entertainment (56%) and using public transport (74%) than before. -pandemic.

Public transit was a sticking point in other survey responses. Only 1 in 5 residents rated Chicago’s public transportation as “very safe” or “fairly safe,” while nearly half of residents said finding affordable and safe transportation was a “moderate” or “moderate” problem. major this term.

Thirty-four percent said the quality of safety in their own neighborhood was “poor,” while 37% said the same when it came to housing affordability. Ratings of the quality of neighborhood public schools remain low – only 8% would rate them as “excellent”, 24% as “good”, 31% as “fair” and 36% as “poor”.

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