Friday, April 21, 2017

More on the Chamber of Commerce poll

There are some surprising---or at least counter-intuitive---results in the latest Chamber of Commerce poll I wrote about yesterday.

On homelessness/street behavior, 74% think it's getting worse, and only 6% think it's getting better. But instead of reacting with punitive measures, people uphold San Francisco's reputation for compassion: 90% support navigation centers in general and 77% support them in their own neighborhoods! 79% also support adding 4,000 shelter beds in the city.

79% support the city's Sanctuary City policy.

Traffic congestion, parking, and some pet City Hall projects don't poll very well: 80% think traffic congestion is worse, 71% say finding parking is harder, and only 29% think Muni service is better.

Removing traffic lanes to make bike lanes does even worse: 49% support and 47% oppose [Later: See the comments below]

48% oppose and only 40% support permanently closing Stockton Street downtown, and both the Geary BRT project (49% to 44% approval) and the Van Ness BRT project (48% to 45% approval) get only tepid support.

The BRT and bicycle lanes results are within or close to the margin of error for a 500 sample size.

That narrow margin of public approval for these major City Hall projects is not reflected by our elected officials, since there are no real dissenting voices on either the Board of Supervisors or the SFMTA Board of Directors.

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At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More people support bike lanes than oppose them.

And you characterize support as "worse" - people hate bike lanes - when it has a plurality of support.

I bet you really hated the science march. Science. Statistics. BAH HUMBUG

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You make a good point on my use of "worse" in that context. Seems like I dumped the comparison I had in mind but didn't dump that term. Yes, bike lanes got majority approval, but only by 2%, which is within the margin of error.

I of course didn't say that "people hate bike lanes." But it seems that removing traffic lanes to make bike lanes in SF isn't overwhelmingly popular.


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