As Filner enters rehab, calls for resignation, recall grows

Poll: 77% want Filner to resign, 68% back recall

SAN DIEGO - Support for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is at a new low as he is set to enter a behavioral-therapy clinic, according to a new exclusive poll released by 10News/U-T San Diego Monday.

Of the 600 respondents, 77 percent believe Filner should resign. If he does not, 68 percent said they would back a recall effort against him.

Meanwhile, only 16 percent of San Diegans believe Filner should remain in office.

According to the survey, the percentage of San Diegans calling the mayor's resignation has risen – from 59 percent on July 12 to 69 percent on July 24 and Monday's figure at 77 percent.

Calls for a recall have also grown from 60 percent on July 26 to 68 percent on Monday.

The mayor said he would receive daily briefings on city business while undergoing therapy and would return to work Aug. 19.

According to the survey, most respondents believe that the city will run more smoothly or run normally in Filner's absence. Twenty-eight percent say operations will run more smoothly while 42 percent say operations will run normally. Twenty-three percent believe city operations will suffer and 7 percent were unsure.

In addition, survey respondents were split at 44 percent each on which problems are more serious within the mayor's office – the sex harassment allegations or claims that the mayor extracted financial concessions from developers in return for approving their projects.  

Political analyst John Dadian, who's been a heavy hitter in local politics for the past 30 years, told 10News he has never seen such a dramatic shift in public opinion.

"Everything that he's done, he thought it would have a positive reaction, such as the initial apology," Dadian said."That fell flat. The shoes keeps dropping, and he just doesn’t get it.”

The exclusive 10News/U-T San Diego poll was conducted on between Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 by SurveyUSA (mobile users click http://bit.ly/13AgQbG). The margin of sampling errors ranged from 3.4 to 4.1 percent on the questions.

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