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Philadelphians Trust Hillary Clinton Three Times as Often as They Do Donald Trump

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Aileen Kain, Committee of Seventy
610-331-4107, akain@seventy.org

Nina Hoe, BeHeardPhilly
215-410-0960, nina@temple.edu

Philadelphians Trust Hillary Clinton Three Times as Often as They Do Donald Trump

(Philadelphia, PA, July 29, 2016): The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia’s nonpartisan advocate for better government, and the Temple Institute for Survey Research released the results of a survey of Philadelphians today that found that they trust Hillary Clinton 53.8% of the time and Donald Trump only 14% of the time.

The survey was taken by 986 members of the Institute’s BeHeardPhilly panel that consists of a group of community members who have “opted in” and agreed to take surveys and participate in ongoing research driven by local government and nonprofit organizations and initiatives.

The survey was administered prior to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Participants were also asked to detail how often they trusted  different levels of government including federal (44.3% of the time) state (43% of the time) and city (43.9% of the time). Participants were also asked about their incidence of trust in Pennsylvania Governor Wolf (54.9% of the time) and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (52.7% of the time).

“Seventy’s always been interested in understanding the issue of trust in government, and this survey gives us some great insights. What’s striking about the results is that at least in heavily Democratic Philadelphia people are very clear that they trust Secretary Clinton much more often than Mr. Trump. While the overall incidence of trust in government or elected officials doesn’t seem particularly high, it’s also noteworthy that Philadelphians trust Secretary Clinton just about as often as they do other public officials included in the survey,” said David Thornburgh, CEO, Committee of Seventy.

The survey was launched by BeHeardPhilly on Tuesday, July 19 and closed on Sunday, July 24, 2016, the day before the Democratic convention began. A total of 1,063 people began the survey and 986 people completed it. Click here to view the survey results.

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The Committee of Seventy was founded in Philadelphia in 1904 to protect and improve the voting process; encourage honest and capable people to seek public office, and help them make government work better; and engage citizens in the process of making important decisions about their future. In other words, Seventy advocates for better politics, better government, a better Philadelphia and a better Pennsylvania. For more information, go to www.seventy.org.

BeHeardPhilly is a civic engagement and community access tool used to understand the opinions, thoughts and activities of Philadelphia residents. BeHeardPhilly is a group of community members who have “opted in” and agreed to take surveys and participate in ongoing research, driven by local government, and nonprofit organizations and initiatives. Each member of BeHeardPhilly has initially shared his/her age, home zip code, gender, race and highest level of education. For those working in the social sector, it is a cost-effective and convenient resource for understanding community attitudes and perceptions, and conducting public opinion research in Philadelphia. BeHeardPhilly is owned, managed, and operated by the Institute of Survey Research at Temple University.