The Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV survey found only 3 percent of respondents supported using the money to invest in the Downtown and Midtown areas. Downtown is the city's central business district and Midtown, with the famed Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University and other institutions, a cultural center.
City officials expect Detroit to get about $400 million in federal grants and private investment.
With 93 percent saying the money should be used in residential areas, public safety appeared to be the main public issue. The Free Press said the top items mentioned were hiring more police officers, tearing down abandoned buildings and fixing street lights.
Rosalind Hawkes, one of the respondents, said "crime is out of control."
"If you put money back into the neighborhoods, the neighborhoods will come back," she said.
Bernie Porn, head of EPIC-MRA of Lansing, Mich., which conducted the poll, said the results track those of earlier surveys.
"People have always felt in Detroit -- in all the polling we've done -- that the politicians should be focused on helping the neighborhoods," Porn said. "They probably think that the neighborhoods have been shortchanged in the past."
Detroit now has about 700,000 residents, down from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950. Some areas have so many vacant lots and abandoned buildings that urban farming is a new industry in the city.
EPIC-MRA surveyed 400 people Oct. 24-26. The poll's margin of error is 4.9 percentage points.
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