An Estimated

3500

Conversations

An Estimated

55000

Participants

Following On the Table,

3994

 participants responded to the survey.

Gender Breakdown % of respondents n=3581

  • Women

  • Men

  • Other

Age Breakdown % of respondents n=3295

  • to

  • to

  • to

  • to

  • and

Racial Breakdown % of respondents n=3565

  • White

  • African American

  • Latino

  • Asian

  • Multiracial

  • Other

Regional Breakdown % of respondents n=3549

  • COOK COUNTY

  • LAKE COUNTY

  • WILL COUNTY

  • DuPAGE COUNTY

A Highly Engaged and
Self-Motivated Group

58

of respondents are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their communities

% of respondents n=3606

BUT
81

of respondents believe they have some or a great deal of power in bringing about change

% of respondents n=3717

Ways Participants are Engaged in their Communities

78%78 percent of respondents donate $25 or more to a charitable organization
76%76 percent of respondents volunteer on their free time
69%69 percent of respondents attended a public meeting regarding community affairs
52%52 percent of respondents participate in a school group or a neighborhood or community association

A. 78 percent of respondents donate $25 or more to a charitable organization

B. 76 percent of respondents volunteer on their free time

C. 69 percent of respondents attended a public meeting regarding community affairs

D. 52 percent of respondents participate in a school group or a neighborhood or community association

Participants Expressed a High Level of Electoral Participation

85%85 percent of respondents indicated they sometimes or always vote in local elections, compared to 61% of the Chicago-area population
67%67 percent of respondents report signing petitions
51%51 percent of respondents report having visited or contacted an elected official
34%34 percent of respondents have participated in a march, rally or demonstration

A. 85 percent of respondents indicated they sometimes or always vote in local elections, compared to 61% of the Chicago-area population

B. 67 percent of respondents report signing petitions

C. 51 percent of respondents report having visited or contacted an elected official

D. 34 percent of respondents have participated in a march, rally or demonstration

Giving of Time, Talent and Treasure % of respondents n=2877

45

Education and
Youth Development

27

Equity and 
Social Inclusion

18

Health

17

Economic Issues
and Poverty

16

Ethics and
Religion

Where is this data coming from?

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) partnered again with the Trust in 2016 to assess the impact of On the Table. All findings are based on responses from On the Table participants who completed this year’s survey. In addition to the data we highlight here, you can download the full report by clicking on the “FULL REPORT” button above or the “DOWNLOAD“ button at the end of each page.