Survey reveals erosion of trust in local government

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 14:01:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Ever wonder how residents view the city government and Leon County?

Sachs Media Group compiled opinions from Tallahassee residents, creating a survey on perceptions about city and county governments.

The survey got almost 1,500 responses about topics such as corruption, perception of who does a better job between city of Tallahassee and Leon County, and awareness of the on-going FBI investigation into government officials.

People responded to the survey saying they are worried about allegations of misconduct in the city and county commission.

With regards to corruption, 72 percent of people in Leon County are concerned with the county commission and 83 percent are concerned with the city commission. The survey shows only a small number of citizens feel law enforcement is doing everything they can to prevent crime.

"Generally, most citizens today are feeling less than trustful about their federal government, their state government, and now its moved down to the local government," said Gil Ziffer, who is the Tallahassee city commissioner for seat 5. "Clearly we've got a lot of things we're trying to deal with."

We spoke to a long-time Tallahassee resident, Edward Pena, who feels that law enforcement and officials should interact more with the public. He feels community feedback and participation can make a difference in issues around crime.

"I do have concerns with the public government because I don't feel like their actually listening to the community, to the constituents," said Pena. "A lot of information can be learned, gathered, and used for the community."

Pena feels that law enforcement and officials should respond to tips with more urgency and interact more with residents to tackle issues around crime in the Capital City.