Mood of Detroit at a glance: What city residents want from the next mayor

Generally speaking, do you think things in Detroit are on the right track or would you say things in Detroit are on the wrong track?

Right track 35.7%
Wrong track 43.2%
Don't know 21.0%
Refused 0.2%

Thinking about the next year, do you think things in Detroit will get better, get worse or stay the same?

Get better 60.2%
Get worse 7.2%
Stay the same 22.2%
Don't know 10.5%
Refused 0.0%

As a resident of Detroit, what is the single biggest challenge you face ever day living in Detroit?

Crime 47.3%
Unemployment 6.7%
Streetlights not working 2.7%
Abandoned houses 6.8%
Cost of living 5.3%
Poor schools 1.0%
Poor city services 12.8%
The city's finances 1.5%
Misc. 5.3%
Nothing 4.8%
Don't know/refused 5.7%

Think for a moment about your quality of life in Detroit.  Would you rate your quality of life as excellent, good, fair or poor?

Excellent 11.5%
Good 34.0%
Fair 38.3%
Poor 15.5%
Don't know/refused 0.7%

How often would you say your garbage is picked up on time: most of the time, some of the time, not very often or would you say it is never picked up on time?

Most of the time 64.5%
Some of the time 16.2%
Not very often 11.3%
Never 7.0%
Don't know/refused 1.0%

How often would you say public transportation is on time in your neighborhood?  Most of the time, some of the time, not very often or never?

Most of the time 12.0%
Some of the time 13.3%
Not very often 14.3%
Never 10.5%
Don't know/refused 49.8%

And how often would you say that the streetlights work in your neighborhood?  Most of the time, some of the time, not very often or never?

Most of the time 36.5%
Some of the time 22.7%
Not very often 20.2%
Never 20.3%
Don't know/refused 0.3%

If the election for Mayor of Detroit was held today, and the candidates were Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan, you would you vote for to be the Mayor of Detroit?

Duggan 45.0%
Lean Duggan 3.5%
Napoleon 20.8%
Lean Napoleon 3.3%
Other 0.2%
Don't know 21.5%
Refused 5.7%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job being done by the Detroit City Council?

Strongly approvve 2.0%
Somewhat approve 16.0%
Somewhat disapprove 18.5%
Strongly disapprove 54.3%
Don't know/do not offer 8.8%
Refused/do not offer 0.3%

In July the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy to help restructure the city’s finances.  Do you agree or disagree with Detroit filing for bankruptcy?

Strongly agree 22.7%
Somewhat agree 20.2%
Somewhat disagree 13.5%
Strongly disagree 31.3%
Don't know 12.2%
Refused 0.2%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Kevin Orr is doing as the Emergency Manager for Detroit?

Strongly approve 13.0%
Somewhat approve 21.3%
Somewhat disapprove 9.7%
Strongly disapprove 32.2%
Don't know 23.3%
Refused 0.5%

When it comes to your safety in Detroit, which do you think is the biggest problem?

Street lights not working 11.7%
Abandoned houses 30.2%
Gang activity 15.7%
Drugs 16.5%
Other 8.0%
Not enough police on the streets 11.5%
Don't know/refused 6.5%

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Mon, 09/30/2013 - 12:10pm
Hi there - do you have any details on how you collected these survey responses? Thanks!