Bay Area-based pollster Change Research published a fresh voter survey Thursday that revealed, among other items, that 61 percent of those surveyed favor State Sen. Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 50, which is currently winding its way through committees at Sacramento.
San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar, that led the charge against the bill, announced that Wiener’s plan”would have a negative effect on the housing affordability crisis and undermine our capability as a city to plan for housing density”
“A bill called Senate Bill 50 is now being considered in the California State Senate, that would alter zoning codes to permit taller residential buildings nearby public transit and improve affordable housing and tenant protections. Would you oppose or support the invoice?”
Sixty-one percent of individuals who responded say they encourage SB 50, though only 22 percent state that they”strongly encourage” the step.
There are a few possible caveats for the results: one being the phrasing, which singles out the bill’s features that encourage tenant protections and affordable housing.
SB 50 is less popular with voters; it is favored by only 41 percent, versus 72 percent of Democrats.
Voters divide on party lines, although the Change Research survey found that 43 percent of Californians cited housing affordability as one of the concerns.
Wiener spokesperson Victor Ruiz-Cornejo informed Curbed SF he’s not aware of any polling especially focusing on how voters might think of SB 50-enabled improvements in their towns, but added,”I think a positive regarding the matter this is that it asks about buildings that are taller, which is a stand at for more density.”
But Just 22 percent say that they”strongly back” State Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50 plan
Supervisor Vallie Brown and Supervisor Ahsha Safai were the sole SF lawmakers who voted against Mar’s settlement.
Of those those who do not support, 13 percent say they”strongly oppose” the bill, while 15 percent were unsure or had no opinion.
The bill’s most vocal critics insist that it doesn’t do enough. The ones critics incorporate the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who voted Tuesday 9-2 to condemn SB 50″unless amended.”
Whereas 59 percent of all Democrats expressed worries only 13% of Republicans failed, a number singling out issues like taxes and immigration.
Another hitch for the general endorsement of SB 50: It is one thing for Republicans to say that they favor taller or denser housing close to transit, but it is often another to support projects in their own cities and areas.
Among the questions specifically singled out SB 50, which would alter how California cities zone near major transit hubs, such as train stations and bus lines, to both promote taller and denser housing:
Wiener was quick to trumpet the results, saying via email,”Californians everywhere are feeling the consequences of our 3.5 million dwelling deficit and are still asking for change”
Change Research conducted the survey of 3,379 Californians on line from April 6.