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Poll: Assemblyman Todd Gloria leads San Diego mayor's race ahead of primary election

Voters show support for hotel tax hike, poll shows
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Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 14:29:02-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- State Assemblyman Todd Gloria leads the way in the race to become San Diego’s next mayor, while the initiative to increase the city’s hotel tax may not have enough support to pass, according to a new poll.

An exclusive KGTV/San Diego Union-Tribune poll released Tuesday examines how city voters feel about the mayoral and city attorney races, as well as the proposal known as Measure C, ahead of the primary election. SurveyUSA polled 518 likely voters for the poll.

MAYOR’S RACE

Six weeks before the city’s primary election, the Democrat Gloria leads the pack with 29 percent of the vote. City Councilman Scott Sherman, a Republican, is second with 18 percent of the vote, followed by Democratic City Councilwoman Barbara Bry with 13 percent. The margin of error was 5.2 percent. Only the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

"A lot of people are just instinctively pulling a 'D' lever because of what they see in national politics and that is a significant obstacle for Republicans in San Diego politics," said Thad Kousser, who chairs the political science department at U.C. San Diego.

Democrats have opened a commanding lead in voter registration over Republicans in the city of San Diego, with 327,535 Democrats to 163,031 Republicans and 231,949 declined-to-states, according to the Registrar of Voters.

According to voters who took part in the poll, homelessness (22 percent) and affordable housing (21 percent) are the top two important city issues that could impact how they vote in the mayor’s race. Road repairs (18 percent) and the candidate’s character (16 percent) are also important factors for voters, the poll shows.


CITY ATTORNEY’S RACE

Incumbent City Attorney Mara Elliott (28 percent of the vote) and challenger Cory Briggs (18 percent) appear poised to be the final two to advance to the Nov. 3 general election, the poll shows. However, the poll shows a whopping 48 percent of likely voters are undecided in this race.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The poll shows 33 percent of voters would be in favor of a proposal to add affordable housing to their neighborhood. While 23 percent are opposed, 44 percent of San Diego voters would need to know more about a proposal before making a decision.


E-SCOOTER REGULATIONS

Meanwhile, 49 percent of likely voters want tougher city regulations on electric scooters, the poll shows. Only 16 percent think regulations on scooters should ease, with 27 percent believe an outright ban on scooters should be put into place.


SAFE PARKING LOTS


REMOVING PARKING SPACES FOR BIKE LANES


CLIMATE ACTION PLAN


RENEWABLE ENERGY