CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - According to a new opinion poll from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, blacks and whites residing in Chicago are living in two totally different cities.
And because of decades-old patterns of segregation, blacks and whites mostly live on separate sides of the city.
Sixty-three percent of blacks, according to the poll, think crime, violence and gangs are the biggest problems facing the city, while just 35 percent of whites feel the same. Whites believe economic and budget issues are more of a problem.
Forty-six percent of blacks also said that because of the city violence, they had to make changes to their daily routine, while only about half as many whites reported doing so.
The poll also found that 23 percent of blacks said they believe they have been denied housing that they could afford because of their race. On the other hand, 2 percent of whites said the same.
The poll also found that more than 4 in 10 blacks feel their neighborhoods are bad places to raise their children, and also that public school selection is poor. Whites, though, are more content with both issues.
According to the poll, more than half of blacks believe it’s very likely a young person in their neighborhood will go to jail. But just one in 10 whites say the same.