Bay Area Council Poll: The Pulse of the Bay
The Bay Area Council Poll is the only survey of its kind that provides such 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 and transportation, energy and communications, healthcare and early childhood education. 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: Cost of Living and Housing Top Issues of Concern
The Bay Area’s notoriously high cost of living tops the list of the region’s most serious problems, according to the 2014 Bay Area Council Poll, with the cost of housing, crime and traffic following closely behind. Homelessness also ranked in the top five. The poll found 60 percent of Bay Area residents rank cost of living among the top three issues, with 45 percent putting housing cost in the same bucket followed by traffic and crime, both at 29 percent.