The Citizen - Page 34

P a g e | 34 Government & Civic Participation KEY FINDINGS:  Attitudes on whether Sangamon County residents believe everyone in their community is treated equally are strongly correlated to demographic and minority status. LGBT individuals, individuals with a disability, women, and individuals earning less annual income are less likely to report thinking everyone in the community is treated equally. Interestingly, African-American respondents (54 percent) are equally as likely to report thinking everyone in their community is not treated equally as white respondents (54 percent).  Forty-six percent of residents believe it is the entire community’s responsibility to take care of the most disadvantaged citizens compared to 25 percent who believe it is the individuals’ own responsibility and 15 percent who believe it is the responsibility of local government. 56% of respondents 46% think it is the entire do not think everyone in their community is treated equally. When asked “Do you think everyone in your community is treated equally, in other words, does everyone get a fair shake?” 42 percent of respondents indicate they believe everyone in their community was treated equally. Fifty-six percent of respondents indicate they do not think everyone in their community is treated equally. While a higher percentage still report that they do not think everyone is treated equally, the 2015 results are slightly more positive with a higher percentage of residents reporting they believe everyone in their community is treated equally, 42 percent compared to 37 percent. community’s responsibility to take care of the most disadvantaged population. Percent who report everyone is not treated equally Individuals earning less than $15,000 60% Individuals with a disability 67% African-American 54% Women 62% LGBT 69% Overall 56% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80%