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New data offers a glimpse as to how Sangamon County residents are feeling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Illinois Springfield published its biennial citizen survey on Tuesday. Similar to its 2019 findings, there was an even split among the 726 survey respondents on whether Sangamon County is headed in the right direction.

Questions ranged from confidence meters on quality life to if they trust local police. A majority — 58% — have considered moving out of Sangamon County since summer 2020. That's a similar number to the 2019 survey but is more than 20 percentage points higher than survey respondents polled in 2015 and 2017.

This story was published in The State Journal-Register on Oct. 1, 2021.

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