The findings come from the annual National Highways and Transport (NHT) public satisfaction survey. It asks questions about the condition of roads and footpaths, public transport and congestion.
Sunderland City Council is one of 111 councils signed up to the annual survey.
Overall satisfaction rate on Sunderland's highways and transport was 58 per cent, up from 2018's 56 per cent, and higher than the national average of 53 per cent. The views of more than 3,000 city households were sought as part of a random standardised survey asking the public the same questions whether they are in Somerset, Stockton or Sunderland.
Sunderland City Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Amy Wilson said: "Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete and return the survey. It's all about understanding public views and this sample helps guide decisions on where resources are needed for our city's highways network."
Satisfaction rates in Sunderland on congestion, road safety, highway maintenance, walking and cycling, and accessibility all improved year on year.
When the council set its 2019/2020 budget, it approved a highways maintenance programme of £5m for nearly 250 road and footpath projects over the next 12 months.
Details on the next round of projects will be available in coming months as the council outlines and approves its budget for 2020/2021.