Philadelphians feel pretty safe, but less safe than national average

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    To what extent to Philadelphia residents rate their environment as being safe and secure? Frank Newport, editor in chief at the Gallup Poll has some answers.

    It turns out about 72 percent of Philadelphia metropolitan area residents say they feel safe and secure “always.” It’s good, but it’s slightly below the national average of 75 percent.

    In the abstract, Americans are quite concerned about unequal distribution of money and wealth … but there is a key distinction between attacking unequal mobility and unequal results.

    Former Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee’s announcement this week that he is running for president puts in high focus the contest for the evangelical GOP vote — particularly in Iowa.

    Fellow Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have three things in common: They are U.S. senators, they have announced that they are running for president, and they both have Hispanic heritage. The latter characteristic holds a strong appeal for Republicans, since the Hispanic vote is largely viewed as being Democratic. But what do the most recent data show about the percentage of Hispanics in this country who identify as Republicans?

    The federal government has a bad image from the public’s perspective, but new data shows that out of 20 different functions that the government performs for us, Americans are pretty satisfied with a number of them.

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