Salt Lake City residents mostly think living conditions in the city have improved or stayed the same over the past five years.
A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds about a third of residents think conditions in the city are the same as they were five years ago. 25% say it's somewhat better while 14% say things are much better. 16% say conditions are worse.
Younger residents tend to think things have changed for the better while older citizens say conditions have stayed the same or declined.
|About the same||13%||19%||30%||32%||38%||44%|
|I haven't lived in Salt Lake City for five years||37%||27%||14%||12%||3%||3%|
47% of those between the ages of 18-25 say things have improved over the past half-decade while half of those in the 26-35 age group agree as do 49% of citizens in the 36-45 cohort.
Those numbers begin to decline in the older groups. 58% between 46-55 say conditions have remained the same or worsened as do 57% of those 56-65. 74% of those age 65 or older think things have not improved or worsened.
Nearly half of Democrats (46%) in the city say things are improving while only about a quarter of Republicans feel that way (24%). A third of political independents say things are improving.
|About the same||32%||29%||34%|
|I haven't lived in Salt Lake City for five years||20%||16%||13%|
Overall, citizens don't think things in the city are declining from five years ago. That seems to bode well for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's bid for a third term in office as his challengers, Jackie Biskupsi and Luke Garrott, may not use that as a reason he should be replaced.
The survey was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates from April 9-15, 2015. 366 registered Salt Lake City voters were contacted via telephone and online methods. It has a margin of error of +/- 5.12%.