One of those questions especially singled out SB 50, which might change how California cities zone near major transit hubs, like train stations and bus lines, to encourage taller and denser housing:
Of those those who don’t support, 13 percent say they”strongly oppose” the bill, while 15 percent were unsure or had no opinion.
Bay Area-based pollster Change Research published a fresh voter poll Thursday that showed, among other items, that 61% of those surveyed favor State Sen. Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 50, that is now winding its way through committees in Sacramento.
Supervisor Vallie Brown and Supervisor Ahsha Safai were the only SF lawmakers who voted contrary to the resolution of Mar.
SB 50 proved popular with Republican voters; only 41 percent prefer it, versus 72 percent of Democrats.
There are a few caveats for the results: one being the phrasing, which singles out the attributes of the bill that encourage tenant protections and affordable housing.
Another possible hitch for the public approval of SB 50: It’s one thing for Republicans to state that they favor taller or more heavy housing close to transit, but it’s frequently another to support projects in areas and their cities.
Whereas 59 percent of Democrats expressed concerns about home, only 13 percent of Republicans did, a number singling out issues including immigration and taxes as concerns.
Wiener was quick to trumpet the results, saying via email,”Californians everywhere are feeling the consequences of our 3.5 million dwelling deficit and therefore are requesting for change.”
Wiener spokesperson Victor Ruiz-Cornejo informed Curbed SF he’s unaware of any polling especially focusing on how voters might feel about SB 50-enabled developments in their towns, but added,”I think that a positive about the issue here is that it asks about taller buildings, which is a stand at for more density”
Change Research conducted the survey of 3,379 Californians online from April 6.
Sixty-one percent of those who responded say that they encourage SB 50, but only 22 percent say they”strongly encourage” the step.
But Just 22 percent State they”strongly back” State Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50 Program
The bill’s most outspoken critics insist that it does not do enough. Those critics comprise the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who voted Tuesday 9-2 to condemn SB 50″unless amended.”
“A bill called Senate Bill 50 is currently being considered in the California State Senate, which would alter zoning codes to allow taller residential buildings near public transit and increase affordable housing and tenant protections. Can you oppose or support the bill?”
San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar, who led the charge against the bill, declared that Wiener’s strategy”would have a negative impact on the housing affordability crisis and undermine our ability as a city to program for housing density”
Voters split on party lines, although the Change Research survey also found that 43 percent of Californians cited housing affordability as among the top concerns.