A representative of FM3, a firm that specializes in public-policy oriented opinion research, gave the results of a community survey conducted with 515 residents who are likely voters, at the March 3 city council meeting.
According to the staff report, “The results of the survey indicated that respondents have mixed opinions about the City. They mostly consider it a good place to live and a safe community. But there is concern about the direction of the City and increased crime. Based on the responses, there is a strong sense that the City needs additional funding to address key priorities such as: homelessness, condition of streets and infrastructure and emergency response/public safety.”
Here are some of the results of the survey, along with more detailed slides from the presentation:
The City of Fullerton is going in the:
Right direction: 40%
Wrong track: 36%
Don’t know: 24%
Your local neighborhood is going in the:
Right direction: 53%
Wrong track: 38%
Don’t know: 10%
Total approve: 91%
Total disapprove: 2%
Total aprove: 75%
Total disapprove: 20%
Total approve: 52%
Total disapprove: 33%
Total approve: 45%
Total disapprove: 37%
More than seven in ten respondents rate Fullerton as at least a “good” place to live.
A majority of respondents perceive that crime has increased in recent years, but Fullerton is still generally considered to be safe.
The city of Fullerton is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family:
Total accurate: 83%
Total inaccurate: 17%
Homelessness, the cost of housing and the condition of local streets are considered to be the most serious problems:
Extreme/very serious problem:
The number of homeless residents in the city: 78%
The condition of city streets and sidewalks: 64%
The cost of housing: 60%
Crime, gangs, and drugs: 42%
Property crimes such as home and auto break-ins: 42%
Waste and inefficiency in city government: 40%
Seven in ten respondents believe the city has at least “some” need for additional funding to provide City Services.
Great/Some need: 70%
Little/No real need: 24%
Don’t know: 6%
Ballot/Tax Questions Tested in Survey
The survey also polled residents about their likelihood to support new taxes (sales, parcel, and cannabis) to address city issues like infrastructure. Less than a majority of respondents support a streets-only parcel (property) tax that requires a two-thirds vote for passage.
Total yes: 41%
Total no: 53%
Nearly three-quarters of respondents believe it is appropriate for Fullerton City government to fund City services by taxing marijuana sales.
Total in favor: 73%
Total against: 19%
Six in ten respondents support a potential sales tax, especially for road repair and addressing homelessness.
Total yes: 61%
Total no: 35%
Respondents have mixed opinions about the city: they mostly consider it a good place to live and a safe community. But there is concern about the direction of the City and homelessness.
There is a strong sense that the City needs additional funding.
With that background, a potential one percent, general purpose sales tax ballot measure is clearly viable for further planning, according to FM3.
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