Everyone knows Detroit has shrunk by more than half over the past 50 years, to less than 750 k inhabitants. Unfortunately, according to a recent poll from Glengariff Group, commissioned by the News (http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121009/METRO01/210090369/Poll-Crime-drives-Detroiters-out-40-expect-leave-within-5-years?), 40% of inhabitants plan to leave the City within the next five years.
- 57% of those planning to leave are families with kids
- Crime and insecurity is the key factor driving the exodus ("there's an aura of fear that just pervades the whole neighborhood" is an observation that sums up the problem nicely) - 58% of respondents say crime is their biggest daily challenge (comparatively, the economy and unemployment is the top challenge for only 13% of respondents)
- 53% of women feel unsafe (vs 43% of men)
- 66% of residents believe the City is on the wrong track
- Almost all city officials had extraordinarily low approval ratings
- Carjackings are commonplace