The number of people who think conditions in Philadelphia have gotten worse since 2009 rose 10 points to 37 percent, while the number who think things have been gotten better shrank by eight points to 25 percent.
This is in part driven by the decline mentality ingrained into many longtime residents and not shared by newcomers. A majority those who arrived within the last 10 years — 43 percent — think the city is on the right track, versus 36 percent who think it’s on the wrong track. Compare that to the 48 percent of residents who have lived here for 30-plus years and think the city is on the wrong track, and the 36 percent who think it’s on the right track.
Read the rest of my piece on what the new Pew poll means for the 2015 Philadelphia election over at Next City.