Bay Area Council Poll: The Pulse of the Bay

The Bay Area Council Poll is the only survey of its kind that provides a comprehensive and incisive look at the attitudes of Bay Area residents on the most topical and critical issues affecting the region. The Bay Area Council Poll provides a ranking of the region’s top issues, gauges what direction residents see the region heading overall and how they think the economy is performing. The poll also examines residents’ attitudes on a range of other key issues, including housing, transportation, water/drought. The results include breakdowns by county and, for certain subjects, by age and/or income level.

Day 1 (April 28): Residents Say Build Housing Outside Bay Area

The Bay Area’s chronic housing shortage combined with fantastic job growth has pushed rents and home prices through the roof. Residents are feeling the crunch, according to 2016 Bay Area Council Poll. More than 70 percent say it’s gotten harder to find housing and a whopping 60 percent think the solution is to build new housing outside the region.

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Day 2 (April 29): Little Optimism on Fixing Traffic

Frustration over the Bay Area’s grinding traffic has reached a point where a staggering 83 percent of residents now believe it may never improve, according to results of the 2016 Bay Area Council Poll. That frustration is reflected in the more than tripling of residents, from 6 percent in 2014 to 20 percent in 2016, who say the region’s badly congested highways and crowded mass transit systems are making it much harder to get around.

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Day 3 (May 2): Residents Eyeing the Exits as Pressures Mount

Soaring housing costs stemming from a chronic shortage combined with an overwhelmed transportation system and grinding traffic are taking a heavy toll on Bay Area residents, with one third saying they are likely to bolt the region in the next few years, according to results of the 2016 Bay Area Council Poll. Just 40 percent of residents say the region is heading in the right direction, a significant decline from 55 percent last year and 57 percent in 2014.

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Day 4 (May 3): Economic Optimism Weakening

Bay Area residents agree the regional economy is humming right along, according to results of the 2016 Bay Area Council Poll released today, but a growing number also appear more cautious about where the economy is heading and see the possibility of a significant downtown on the horizon.

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Residents High on Legalizing Marijuana

A California initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana that appears headed for the November 2016 ballot would have the support of a majority of Bay Area residents, according to the 2016 Bay Area Council Poll. The poll found that 50 percent of residents support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California.

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