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Survey finds Pinellas County residents trust their local government

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Pinellas County residents are far more likely to have trust and confidence in their local government than the average American according to a new poll put out by the county.

The 2017 Citizen Values Survey asked residents whether they trust their local government and a combined 93 percent said they trusted Pinellas County either a
“great deal” or “fair amount,” compared to just 7 percent who said “not very much” or “not at all.”

The numbers rack up favorably to a national poll from Gallup that found 71 percent of Americans had positive feelings about local government, compared to 29 percent who were distrustful.

The poll also asked residents they would recommend Pinellas County “as a place to live, work, raise children and retire,” and more than nine out of 10 respondents in each category said they would recommend Pinellas County to others.

Ninety-six percent of respondents said they would recommend the county as a place to live, followed by 95 percent who would recommend it as a retirement destination, and 92 percent a piece for working and raising a family.

Quality of life also earned high marks in the poll, with 71 percent saying the county is better now than it was 5 years ago and 85 percent saying they think things will continue to improve over the next 5 years.

Additionally, 88 percent of respondents said the Pinellas County government met their expectations, which represents a 3-point bump from 2016 and a 5-point bump from 2 years ago.

“We are delivering services that increasingly meet our customers’ expectations,” the county said in a release on the poll results. “This is a reflection of our commitment to providing superior public service and courteous public contact, as well as maximizing public engagement.”

Parks, public spaces, sense of community and cleanliness of public spaces were the top contributors to the increase, while the county found it could further improve by focusing on traffic flow, pedestrian travel and support services for the homeless.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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