One in 3 Houstonians feel worse off this year than last

April 21, 2010 4:11:07 PM PDT
Nearly one out of every three Houstonians feel they are worse off than they were just one year ago. That's according to the 2010 Houston Area Survey. Rice University Sociology Professor Stephen Klineberg, who has conducted the survey every year, released the results at a luncheon Wednesday.

High on the list of concerns was jobs. Only 38 percent of those asked say job opportunities in Houston were 'excellent' or 'good.' That was down by nine percent from just last year.

However, an overwhelming number of residents, 82 percent, say they would call Houston an 'excellent' or 'good' place to live. That number has grown consistently over the years.

Attitudes towards immigration and ethnic diversity were mixed. Forty-seven percent believe immigrants generally take more from the economy than they contribute, while 44 percent believe immigrants contribute more.

When it comes to drug use, Houstonians are becoming more tolerant. Sixty-nine percent agreed that people caught with small amounts of illegal drugs should be fined rather than sent to jail.

You can see the results of the entire survey here.