Oahu residents don’t have much faith in city government, according to a survey released by the city auditor’s office earlier this month.

Only about one in four Oahu residents gave government officials a positive rating when it comes to honesty and acting in the best interest of the community. About the same number of people think the City of Honolulu is moving in a positive direction.

When asked whether government officials do a good job of treating all residents fairly, even fewer residents, or 22 percent, gave the city positive ratings.

Honolulu ranks “lower” or “much lower” in these areas than other cities, according to the 2013 National Citizen Survey, which rates the livability of cities throughout the country. Some 352 Oahu residents completed the survey.

Honolulu Ethics Director Chuck Totto brought up the low scores during a city Ethics Commission meeting last week. He called them “saddening.”

Residents were asked to rank government services as excellent, good, fair or poor.

The 2013 rankings also show that there has been a precipitous decline since 2006 in positive attitudes toward city government.

A similar survey was conducted for Honolulu in 2006 and then every year between 2010 and 2013. In 2006, 76 percent of respondents expressed confidence in the overall direction of city government. By 2013, this had dropped to a low of just 26 percent. The number was only slightly higher in the preceding three years.

The broad survey also rates transportation, the economy, the natural environment, education and safety, among other things.

By far, residents said that homelessness was Oahu’s biggest problem, followed by a lack of parking and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Notably, Mayor Kirk Caldwell has made homelessness and more biking infrastructure top priorities of his administration.

Not all the results are bad.

Overall, most residents rate their quality of life on Oahu as good or excellent, despite complaints about government, homelessness and transportation. And a majority of residents would recommend Oahu as a place to live.

You can read the full survey here.

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