The Citizen - Page 32

P a g e | 32 Government & Civic Participation The perception of local leadership in Sangamon County shows some variation from the 2013 Sangamon County Citizen Survey. In 2015, respondents are more likely to report confidence in local leaders and local elected leaders compared to 2013. Additionally, respondents are 10 percentage points more likely to indicate Sangamon County has strong leaders compared to 2013. The chart to the right illustrates changes in the perception of leadership. Sangamon County Leadership 70% 60% 50% 40% 58% 60% 59% 52% 41% 31% 30% 20% 10% 0% 2013 Survey 2015 Survey Percent who say Sangamon County has strong leaders Percent who are confident in local leaders Percent who are confident in local elected leaders KEY FINDINGS:  Forty-one percent of Sangamon County residents feel Sangamon County has “strong” leadership. This perception has increased by 10 percentage points from the 2013 Sangamon County Citizen Survey.  Fifty-nine percent of Sangamon County residents are confident that local elected leaders can effectively address local problems. This perception has increased seven percentage points from the 2013 Sangamon County Citizen Survey.  The youngest respondents, ages 18-24, generally have positive perceptions of local leadership. Seventy-four percent of the youngest respondents offer the view that Sangamon County has “strong” leaders. Eighty-two percent of the youngest respondents report confidence in local elected leaders and 71 percent report confidence in the ability of local leaders to address local problems. In comparison, respondents ages 35-44 are less optimistic about local leadership. Fifty-six percent of these respondents report confidence in local leaders and local elected leaders. Furthermore, only 38 percent of these respondents make the evaluation Sangamon County has “strong” leaders.  African-American respondents (50 percent) are mo