10News Poll: 47% disapprove of Mayor Bob Filner's performance

56% deem public disagreements inappropriate

SAN DIEGO - Bob Filner's approval rating after nearly three months as San Diego's mayor is 40 percent, according to a scientific 10News poll.

10News Poll: San Diegans react to Filner's behavior

Of 500 adults sampled, 47 percent disapproved of the former congressman's performance and 13 percent had no opinion.

His approval was lowest among adults under 35 years old at 29 percent, Republicans at 23 percent and conservatives at 28 percent, according to the poll. It was highest among those 55 or over at 47 percent, blacks at 63 percent, Democrats at 56 percent and liberals at 48 percent.

Filner's time in office has been marked by public verbal confrontations with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and City Council President Todd Gloria, and a slowdown in moving legislation and municipal contracts to the City Council for approval.

"It's a period of adjustment, I call it," Goldsmith said after a news conference Wednesday at which the mayor showed up unannounced and made critical comments to reporters. "He's coming from Congress where it's a different arena."

The city attorney said he's "OK" with Filner's personality, describing him as "a free spirit."

Filner's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More than half of those surveyed -- 56 percent -- said the public disagreements were inappropriate, compared to 35 percent who supported the mayor for challenging other elected officials.

The poll also found that 55 percent believed Filner's behavior could impact city business a lot, but the poll question did not specify whether the perceived effect would be positive or negative.

Meanwhile, hotel owners met Friday to discuss how to move forward with a lawsuit against Filner and the city of San Diego.

The lawsuit comes as the mayor and Goldsmith racked up a number of awkward exchanges because of their public spats on how to spend the city's tourism tax dollars.

During a town council meeting in Linda Vista Thursday evening, Filner and Goldsmith shook hands -- about 24 hours after the mayor public scolded the city attorney at a news conference.

"You have not only been unprofessional, but unethical in this press conference," Filner said to Goldsmith Wednesday.

Goldsmith had called the Wednesday press briefing to discuss the hotel owners' impending lawsuit.

Earlier in February, at an annual dinner for the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Filner made fun of Goldsmith's hairpiece and something else.

"He would be the first to argue that size doesn't matter," Filner could be heard saying in a recording.

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