Most Evanston Now readers responding to a survey this month are pretty satisfied with the city government’s performance.

Asked “In general, compared to other municipalities, how well do you believe Evanston city government serves the needs of its residents?” and offered a 1 to 7 scale ranging from “very poorly” to “very well,” a majority of residents gave Evanston’s government an above average rating.

The totals were weighted to account for under-representation of Asians and Blacks among the 475 survey respondents.

When grouped by race, survey respondents who identified as Asian expressed the lowest level of satisfaction with the city government, with 42.9% offering an above-average rating. The corresponding figures were 60.7% for Blacks, 75.3% for whites and 70.1% for people who identified as multiracial or members of other racial groups.

There was also a difference in satisfaction by age group, with 66.1% of survey respondents in the 18-39 age group rating the city’s performance above average, 83.0% in the 40-59 age group and 90.1% in the 60-and-up age group saying the city does a better than average job of serving its residents’ needs.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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