Most St. Louis City Residents Have A "Very Unfavorable" View Of East St. Louis, Poll Says

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A majority of St. Louis city residents have a "very unfavorable" view of East St. Louis -- but they are fans of Clayton!

This is according to the findings of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's latest online poll, which aims to gauge how city residents view surrounding communities -- very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable?

A representative from the mayor's office tells us that the poll comes from 1,480 responses. The votes are varied but the disdain for East St. Louis is clear. Graphs below!

Here are the East St. Louis results, which say that 77 percent of respondents view the city across the river "very unfavorably." And only two percent view it "very favorably" and three percent "mostly favorably."

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And here are the Clayton results, which are essentially reversed:

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It's worth noting that there is probably no way to know exactly where these votes are coming from, though twenty percent of respondents say they currently live in one of the municipalities mentioned in the poll.

Residents are pretty mixed when it comes to the potential for combined services between the city and these neighboring municipalities:

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And here are more results regarding other cities:

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Continue for results on other cities, including Granite City, Affton, University City and more!


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Couch Pig
Couch Pig

this city is a dump along with the redneck republican state

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

this city is a dump along with the whole redneck republican state

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I watched a special on East St. Louis. Sounds to me like there are people taking advantage of that part of the city by buying up properties...leaving them sit empty/abandoned with no intention of fixing them up. Then these places only add to the opportunity for criminals to hang around there and do what criminals do. I think that East St. Louis has been in trouble for so many years that it is just really tough to grow and get past it's current condition. Once a bad element sets in, it is tough to turn it around. Encouraging more alcohol consumption is probably not the answer...as has been proposed by extending the drinking hours.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

I couldn't care less about polls. You can make a poll come out anyway you want if you ask questions a certain way. They are useless.

Jeffrey Vollmer
Jeffrey Vollmer

I guess most people from the city have never eaten BBQ at the red door lounge.

Ryan Stufft
Ryan Stufft

East STL, Florissant, Maplewood, North County.

Julie Henderson
Julie Henderson

Shush rft don't make me delete you like I did with kmov and fox2...quit trying to start shit between neighbors

Mary Poletti
Mary Poletti

Bah. I really believe most people in East St. Louis are just trying to survive, just like most people on the North Side. A few bad apples ruin the whole bunch. Having said that, it's stupid to draw contrasts between the poorest immediate suburbs & the most affluent (if you don't believe the latter about Maplewood, you should see the houses I looked out on from my horrible first apartment two blocks south of Manchester). There is a whole range of communities surrounding the city, each with its own problems & pockets of greatness.

Joyce Short Henderson
Joyce Short Henderson

"What are your favorite/ least favorite communities surrounding the city of #STL?"...........what the hell!!!!!!!!!! East St. Louis is NOT THE ONLY SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! of St. Louis City!!!! In case you haven't noticed, this OUTRAGES ME!!!!!!!!!

Joyce Short Henderson
Joyce Short Henderson

I agree with Joshua Lewis. What's the deal with TRYING TO START A FIGHT between neighborhoods?????? That's a really STOOOOOPID gesture! I was born and raised in Breckenridge Hills. Graduated Ritenour in 1969. I left because marriage and his job took me elsewhere and haven't been able to return. And even this is offensive to me after 40 some years of being "away".

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

The East side gets enough of a raw deal already. No need to kick 'em while they're down.

Phil Janovick
Phil Janovick

Of course we do !!!!!! Go up in the ARCH with a mini telescope or a good set of binoculars !!!! OR better yet take the family for a Sunday drive over there with all the windows down & see what happens !!!! & MUCH better than that TURN YOUR TELEVISIONS ON !!!!!!!!!!

Joshua Lewis
Joshua Lewis

Why must you try to polarize folks. It's a friendly city. First natives vs transplants and now this?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Holy shit Dan you hardcore fucking hate this place don't you? You know how I judge a city? By making a top ten list of cities that I would want to live in if I were rich and guess what? STL is way way down at the bottom of the list for me too. Yes, there is terrible crime. Yes, public transportation sucks. Yes, no medical marijuana. Yes, no gay marriage. Yes, not a lot of decent jobs. Yes, horrible rock scene. Yes, terrible problems with meth in the rural parts of Missouri. Yes, a women and her boyfriend murdered her baby in the most horrifying way imaginable in what is considered "One of the best places to raise a family" In Missouri. But what's your point? Yea I bitch about it. But when I do I talk about how we need to stop making people pay property taxes on cars that have more than 100,000 miles on them. I talk about how we should regulate and tax marijuana. I talk about how we should fully recognize the first amendment by legalizing full nude strip clubs to generate tax revenue. I talk about how we need to spend more on funding our schools and teaching sex education as opposed to abstinence only which has lead to this state having one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. I feel your pain man seriously I do. But if you are leaving soon....Why are bitching?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Yep. They sure do make it sound like we are still at square one don't they?

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

You know what, you're all correct. I am super arrogant. St.Louis is God's idea of heaven on earth. People here work so hard they make ants look lazy. Blah blah blah. I'm bored. Thanks for making me realize there's even more dumb people here than I thought there was before.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I have hope that one day East St. Louis is going to rise above this bad reputation and prosper. North St. Louis has it's bad spots, so does South City, and East St. Louis has a long running bad rep....all we got left is the west. This drama has to stop. It wards people off this city like the plague. How do we fix it?

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

It's like arguing with a child. No one is trying to persuade you to think otherwise, your points are complete crap and with a simple internet search one can see that. Go ahead and continue to use the excuse that school is keeping you here. You are from the county and likely have gotten all your information of the city from the news. You have no idea how things truly are in the city except when you grow a pair and decide with your yuppie friends to come to our bars one weekend or Busch Stadium. People like you, that act like they are better than others, are not wanted here. You are given dirty looks because we can sense your kind a mile away. Please...move...far away.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Let me point out you made up the obesity percentage, as of 2012 the rate was less than 30% The majority of people living in St Louis support the legalization of marijuana and are well aware of it's healing properties. As far as gay rights, I don't know what to tell you. Stop using your education as a reason to stay here, Im sure you can find another school that teaches "Exercise Science" (completely made up and notice that I used those quotation marks again) I'm good on the beer, not a fan of it. Just disproved another lame point of yours.

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

Awe ladies, should I get you some beers? That'll make you forget all about it. Bud or Bud Light because we all know that's where your weekend is heading anyways.

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

Awe it's cute seeing people attempt to defend this city but not one has yet to make one valid point contradicting what I have said. In no way am I arguing the fact that EVERY city has good points and bad. And as I stated about I am finish my undergrad which is why I am here otherwise, since it is this bad to me, I would be gone but sadly, I have 18 more moths to finish here. And I love this city as such; Cardinals Baseball, Blues hockey until the playoffs when they choke for 46 years lol, toasted ravioli(my guilty fat kid pleasure), the occasional trips to the current river(not really STL) , and The Loop( all of it in general). Now lets not get our panties bunched up too much. You all will never ever persuade me otherwise because I have seen and lived and been a part of better. Much better. As in if STL was on fire I'd let it burn so it can rebuild and start correctly this time.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Here, I will say it. Dan you are an arrogant punk and you have proved no points in your comments. Your comment is childish and you can no longer be taken seriously

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Should have known you can't have a civil, adult conversation. You are very immature and like the other poster said you come off as very arrogant.

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

Congratulations Rachel, you can copy, paste and put quotes around something I stated. What else did your 7 year old teach you on the computer today? A guy? just some random man walked up to you and asked to have you stick a dildo in his anus? Hmm, sounds like you surround yourself around winners. Hey some people enjoy dildo play though. Just because your sex life is either unadventurous and/or nonexistent doesn't mean the rest of ours is as bad. Lol all jokes aside now. No seriously we are putting your pointless comments to the side because you stated not one fact to counter my statements. And yes, I do and can get proof that people in st.louis care more about beer and bars more than the rights and laws of the common man. Case in point; for a bill to be introduced to the Missouri government, we must first petition to have, depending on the bill, 100,000 signed supporters. Gay rights and medical marijuana reform have both not made it in the past 20 years past the petitioning and for what reason? Medical marijuana has been proven to stunt the growth of cancer cells and even reversed them in many patients. Oh and just so you know, cancer is the leading cause of death in the U.S. gays/lesbian rights have been suppressed longer than African American's rights have and to even worse degree in some cases. If This is a "free" country, then why are we still suppressing individuals based off their non-harmful lives? And how does obesity tie into this? You're probably a go to church on Easter and Christmas type person so let me fill you in on one of the seven deadly sins;gluttony. Obesity is not a disease. This has been scientifically proven but keeping overweight people on meds for high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and many other government and personal financially draining keeps the pharmaceutical companies wealthy and is suppressed. So when I speak about the 55% obesity rate, I speak about how it is beginning to cripple our healthcare system. I refer to the way children are growing up with serious health problems and why is this? Fast food is cheap and convenient here but farmers markets and organic foods are few and far between. But hey as long as these people have a beer to forget their day and a pill to keep their heart beating one more day, no one cares. Join the conversation when you have valid points that can contradict me. Until then stick to copying and pasting things.

Eric Lachmiller
Eric Lachmiller

Jesse Jackson called East St. Louis "America's Soweto". Not just Sauget, but Alorton and National City were founded by industrial interests in order to keep from paying taxes to ESL. Seriously, one shouldn't be too critical of ESL without reading a little history of the place. It was founded by sleazebag hustlers, and it was all downhill from there. My grandpa always said, "East St. Louis never had a chance".

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

I can't wait until you leave either DeMarius.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Denver, Chicago, Seattle also has their undesirable areas. Im not sue what area you are hanging out in or what type of people you spend time with but you are wrong about St Louis. Like someone else commented, just leave if it's that bad. I also noticed a few of you mentioned Chicago as being a better place to leave LOL are you serious? That place is more violent than St Louis. I have seen plenty of fat folks in Chicago, Denver and Seattle, and I agree with Rachel, that has nothing to do with anything. You are coming off as an extremely arrogant individual, it is you that has the problem, not St Louis. I LOVE THIS CITY!!!\

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

"People are more worried about where their next beer is coming from than supporting the rights and laws within their municipality" LOL Quite the exaggeration you think? I too have been to some large cities including NYC and Chicago, the streets are dirty there too and some of it's residents are obese (not sure what that has to do with anything) The first day in Chicago I was asked if I would use a dildo on some guy, never had that happen here. STL is far from perfect and for you to say that we are pretty much bottom of the barrel is one of the most ridiculous statements I have read in awhile.

Shawn Riggs
Shawn Riggs

Ya think?!? I wonder why that is? It's such a lovely place!

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

Philip, you seem like a level headed guy. Thanks for making some decent points and having an intelligent debate. There needs to be more people like you and I to get things done here but the problem is that there is so much wrong that I'd rather go to where things are right like Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Etc.

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

Maybe I come off a cynical. I'm just trying to exaggerate my point. Yes, there are some amazing people in STL and some amazing history and cultural positives, but overall as a whole St.Louis lacks cleanliness, true class, since returning I have noticed a drastic decline in morals and reapect. Lets also not forget that the obesity rate is over 55%. StLouis was also voted most sinful city 2013 and I couldn't agree with the 7 points that they described and took into account to make the vote. People who have grown up and always lived in STL, I was born and raised here until I joined the Marines when I was 21, believe that this city is great but let me ask you this, walk down the street and just observe how many people will mean mug you, then say hello and count how many say it back. The number will be so low that you will maybe need one finger from your second hand. People walk around with such arrogance and with a chip on their shoulder here. It seems as if this is the most hostile coty in the U.S. St.Louis IS the dirtiest city I've ever been/lived in. No one truly takes pride in this city other than just for baseball. That's it. The turn outs for charitable events is very small compared to any other big city. I use to drink the STL koolaid but now that I am older and have had many better experiences I have realized how far behind this city is and find it hard to relate to a majority of individuals here. People are more worried about where their next beer is coming from than supporting the rights and laws within their municipality. We are behind on so many different fronts government wise. Unemployment is still low but from what I've seen I think some of that is because welfare is too easy and gives way too much to the people here. There's very little motivation here and it's just depressing to see people pretty much wait, drink and wither away.

Kathie Steffens
Kathie Steffens

This is about the craziest poll I've ever seen. Who likes to eat dog food - who likes to eat steak?

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

History of great music and culture. It's not the residents fault Monsanto incorporated a town right next to E StL in order to NOT pay property taxes and basically led to the decline of E StL. Race Riots happened there. It's not the residents of E StL who polluted the air, earth and water...

DéMarius Jones
DéMarius Jones

Just like they don't report on things in north county for the same reason? Oh wait, they do....all the time.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

that's because they don't report on things going on in east st. louis anymore unless it's unsolved because the news reports would be redundant

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

i mean i spend a lot of time in the north east and i'd rather live here than rochester ny where my gf lives atm.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

i've lived in a lot of other places and while i don't like st. louis and plan on moving to chicago next year after i finish my degree i wouldn't go this far. while st. louis lacks true class (i mean people go to black tie events in wife beaters in this city) it is possible to find nooks an crannies of the city that redeem itself.

drsalad
drsalad

@Dan Trtanj  We will all be richer for your absence.

melo2593
melo2593

@Renee Horeen  No disrespect to St. Louis.  But according to the facts.  St. Louis is much more dangerous than Chicago.  A quick Google search will answer all your questions.

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