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, asks residents what issues they think government leaders should be most focused on and what direction they see the region heading overall and from an economic perspective. Residents also rank what they think are the region’s best attributes. As well, the Bay Area Council Poll examines residents’ attitudes on a range of other key issues, including housing, transportation drought. The results include breakdowns by county and, for certain subjects, by age and/or income level. And, a look at how residents rate the job Gov. Brown is doing, the Legislature and their individual Boards of Supervisors.

Day 1 (June 23): Economic Outlook and Top Issues

Bay Area residents think the region’s super-heated economy may be reaching a plateau, according to results of the 2015 Bay Area Council Poll, although they are generally bullish about the overall direction the region is heading. And, there are some stark differences depending on how much residents make and where they live.

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Day 2 (June 24): A Deeper Dive on Drought and Water Issues

Bay Area residents appear to be tapped out when it comes to restricting their water use, according to the results of the 2015 Bay Area Council Poll, and heavily favor expanding the use of recycled water, turning sea water into drinking water and building new dams and reservoirs. Even the notion of adding recycled water to drinking water supplies got more support than raising rates, with 58 percent of residents in support.

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Day 3 (June 25): Housing Crunch Worsens

As the Bay Area’s housing crisis worsens, results of the 2015 Bay Area Council Poll find that a growing number of residents support reducing fees and regulations on new development, streamlining environmental reviews and allowing higher population densities in their cities. Almost 67 percent said that trying to find a place to live in the Bay Area has gotten harder over the past year.

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Day 4 (June 26): Transportation, Traffic and Driverless Cars

Driverless cars have yet to hit the road beyond early experimental and testing projects, but that doesn’t mean Bay Area motorists aren’t eager to try them. That is among the findings in the poll, which gauged attitudes on a wide range of transportation-related issues including traffic congestion, support for a BART bond, a second transbay tube and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fees to improve roads.

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