DETROIT (WWJ) – A new report shows half of Detroit residents want out.
That’s just one finding of a comprehensive poll of residents’ attitudes about Detroit and its leadership.
Eight hundred people were questioned by the Chicago-based Glengariff Group for the survey commissioned by the Detroit News.
Glengariff president Richard Czuba said the survey shows Detroiters overwhelmingly believe the city is on the wrong track and have no faith that the people in charge have a plan to turn it around.
He said half of the city’s population wants to leave and about 40 percent of Detroiters plan to actually do so within the next 5 years.
Without prompt or suggestion, residents were asked to name the biggest challenges to living in the city.
“We were stunned when 58 percent of the residents told us crime and safety were the biggest daily struggles they face in Detroit,” Czuba told WWJ Newsradio 950. “We also asked them if they felt safe in Detroit and half of Detroiters said they felt unsafe.”
Czuba said the survey suggests that unless city officials can stop violence, efforts to halt decades of decline will fail.
“It’s been a long time since anyone has done a comprehensive survey of this nature of the attitudes of Detroit’s residents, and that finding of 40 percent is extraordinary,” said Czuba. “We haven’t seen anything like that anywhere else.”
The city has already lost a million people in the last half-century.