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 (March 30): More Residents Eye the Exits as Housing, Transportation Woes Go Unaddressed

A growing number of Bay Area residents, led by millennials (18-39), are looking to greener (or less expensive) pastures as the region’s housing and traffic crises combined with an astronomical cost of living take their toll, according to results of the 2017 Bay Area Council Poll released today. The poll found that 40 percent of respondents are considering leaving the Bay Area in the next few years, with millennials leading the way at 46 percent, along with those who spend the biggest share of their income on housing.

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Day 2 (March 31): Residents Want Bay Area Traffic Declared Emergency; Support Taxes to Pay for Fix

With federal and state transportation funds dramatically falling off even as regional traffic reaches new records, Bay Area voters are ready to take matters into their own hands. Seventy percent of 1,000 voters surveyed across the nine-county region said that the Bay Area needs a major regional investment in transportation, even if it means raising taxes to fund it.  They do not appear patient and they want a coordinated measure across the nine counties.  A very high 83 percent of voters say they want a traffic treated “like an emergency” and they want Bay Area leaders to “work together” on solutions to be implanted in the next few years, which stands in contrast to a county or city-by-city approach.

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Day 3 (April 1): Economic Confidence Slipping as Housing, Traffic Take Growing Toll

The Bay Area’s epic housing and traffic crises are taking a serious and growing toll on economic confidence, according to results of the 2017 Bay Area Council Poll. Confidence in the Bay Area economy sunk to its lowest level in four years. Looking ahead, the results are similarly dour. Complete results coming April 1.

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Day 4 (April 2): Generations Differ Over Housing Problem, Solutions

Older Bay Area voters who have lived here the longest and own their home are far less likely to support building new housing compared with millennials (18-39), those who rent, and those who have lived here the shortest time and are feeling the worst pain from the region’s housing shortage and affordability crisis, according to Bay Area Council Poll results released today. Complete results coming April 2.

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