This chart shows civic mood among San Diego City voters beginning in March 2010. Interesting points: Steady right track gains during the last two years of Mayor Sanders’s administration were interrupted in the summer of 2010. Probably attributable to budgetary woes, upcoming elections and, specifically, the Proposition D sales tax measure, which would have increased city sales tax by ½ cent each year for 5 years. It failed, San Diego continued to dig out of the recession and Sanders’s tenure ended in positive territory. The good mood was short-lived. After the election of Mayor Bob Filner, whose brief tenure was marred by scandal, negativity increased. Almost immediately upon Filner’s resignation right track sentiment began increasing under Mayor Todd Gloria. The election of current mayor Kevin Faulconer solidified those gains and voters have been upbeat about San Diego’s prospects ever since.
The chart will be updated with new results as they come in. Sample sizes for each poll range from 400 to 800 voters. The maximum margin of sampling error associated with these samples is +/- 4.9%. Data was collected by CERC’s trained professional interviewers via landline and cell phone or using e-mail.