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Philly's biggest problem? Public safety, Philadelphians say

The biggest problem Philadelphia faces today -- according to 44 percent of Philadelphians -- is public safety, says a survey released by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Exactly why Philadelphians have become more concerned about public safety is more nebulous, since the surveyors didn't ask people the reasoning behind their answers.

"That increase was more or less across the board, but more pronounced in whites" than in black or Hispanic Philadelphians, Eichel said. 86 percent of white respondents said they respected the police, compared with 60 percent of black respondents and 60 percent of Hispanic respondents.