New survey allows Philadelphia residents to share opinions on city services

Pat Loeb
August 18, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you live in Philadelphia, your city government wants to hear from you. The Kenney administration has launched its second "residents survey" so you can share your thoughts on city services.

The mayor’s policy chief Anjali Chainani says the survey results will be used to guide spending and policy priorities for what she hopes will be the administration's second term. She says the first survey, taken in 2016, had an impact.

"We learned that only 17% of city residents felt that Streets services were good or excellent quality," Chainani said, "so additional funding was contributed to our Streets budget."

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's policy chief Anjali Chainani
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They'll find out if it's changed residents' views. If you take the survey you can also rate police, fire, snow removal, transportation and employment, among other things.

Ajeenah Amir, Director of Public Engagement, says officials are hoping for responses from all parts of the city and diverse demographic groups.

"We definitely encourage all residents who are interested in sharing their perceptions and opinions with us," Amir said, "and we know that Philadelphians are."

Public Engagement director Ajeena Amir
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A scientific and random sample of Philadelphia households is being invited by mail to take the survey but any resident over 18 can go online and answer the same questions. Their answers will be compared and scientifically blended with the invited participants, and Amir says they're just as important.

As an added incentive, respondents will have a chance at a $50 gift card.

For a link to the survey, click here. It will be up till December.