Are things getting better or worse?

The Siena Research Institute released an interesting poll today, a Capital Region "survey of social needs." The poll was intended to gauge how people in the Capital Region perceive the importance/severity of a bunch of social problems.

For example, the poll asked, "In general do you think the overall quality of life for most people in the Capital region has improved, stayed about the same or gotten worse over the last year?" Fifty-one percent of the respondents said things had "gotten worse."

Here are a few other results that caught our eye...

+ The poll asked people, "how important is it to you that you and your household contribute to addressing the needs of people that require assistance in your community?" Overall, 54 percent of respondents said it was "very important." But check out the breakdown by income:

less than $25k $25k - $50k $50k - $75k $75k - $100k $100k+
66% 51% 52% 49% 42%

+ But when asked about volunteering or donating to charities, the slope was reversed (98 percent of people with incomes over $100k reporting making a donation). Of course, the more money you make, the more money (and perhaps time) you have to donate.

+ The poll asked people about "potential problems that may impact people in your area." Check out the geographic breakdown for "lack of public safety" (percentage includes responses "most people" and "some people):

Albany County Rensselaer County Saratoga County Schenectady County
54% 54% 40% 59%

+ Respondents were asked about gang activity among youth. Fifty-seven percent of people in Schenectady County called it "very" or "somewhat" widespread, as did 43 percent in Albany County.

The poll was conducted in mid-November and included about 1000 respondents. The margin of error was +/- 3.1 percent. Here are the full crosstabs.

Comments

In addition, about the same % of people making over $100k itemize on their tax returns. I'd be willing to guess that's a huge factor in their "generosity." http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/22499.html

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of winter

Beige on gray sway along the Indian Pond on the UAlbany campus. There was a rumor that it was something like 70 degrees at some... (more)

Chris Gibson at Bethlehem Public Library

Former Congressman Chris Gibson will be at the Bethlehem Public Library March 3 to talk about his book Rally Point. The talk is free and... (more)

Kirsten Gillibrand on Desus and Mero and The Late Show

More evidence that Kirsten Gillibrand is becoming a national figure: KG appeared on both the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Viceland's Desus &... (more)

NY Maple Weekend 2018

March is almost here, and that means maple syrup in New York. Maple farms around the state area again participating in two "Maple Weekends" this... (more)

Morning Blend

Guns + The governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island say their states are forming a coalition -- States for Gun Safety... (more)

Recent Comments

Definitely needs a mural. Another spot that is begging for one is the Delaware Ave Price Chopper in Albany. The side along Elm St is a huge gray wall that takes up most of the block!

Good places for a large company picnic?

...has 9 comments, most recently from frank

Kirsten Gillibrand on Desus and Mero and The Late Show

...has 1 comment, most recently from Bullwinkle

Dylan Ratigan has jumped into the pool of challengers to Elise Stefanik

...has 6 comments, most recently from ace

Flooding begins to recede along Mohawk, missed fax might have prevented Jay Street fire, Capital Region private college applications rising

...has 1 comment, most recently from Lauren

The Glynn Mansion and the story of Martin Glynn

...has 1 comment, most recently from BS