Rising crime rates and controversy surrounding San Jose’s Measure B pension reform efforts may have cut into Mayor Chuck Reed’s approval rating, which according to the latest opinion poll is listed at 55 percent.
SurveyUSA found a steep drop from the 67 percent job approval rating Reed garnered leading up to his 2010 re-election. Still, it’s a far cry from the dismal 23 percent approval rating survey participants gave Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who’s had to grapple with public distrust kicked up from the Occupy Oakland movement and some of the worst crime rates in the nation. San Francisco mayor Ed Lee held a 61 percent approval rating.
Reed’s a favorite among conservatives, apparently. Three-quarters of those surveyed gave him thumbs up.
As for the overall direction of the city: 54 percent of San Jose residents surveyed reported confidence in the city’s future compared to only 11 percent of those in Oakland with that view. Crime worried 34 percent of San Jose survey-takers. Another 17 percent said they’re bummed out about the ridiculously steep cost of owning a home here.
The SurveyUSA phone survey, commissioned by KPIX-TV in San Francisco, asked 500 San Jose adults their thoughts about Reed and their outlook of the city. There was a 4.5 percent margin of error.
Reed doesn’t pay much attention to opinion polls, says David Low, a policy analyst in the mayor’s office.
“Mayor Reed does not typically comment on approval rating polls, particularly since we don’t have all of the details on how the poll was conducted,” Low says. “And, regardless, his top concern is overcoming our city’s fiscal challenges, so we can restore core services to the community.”
Reed’s endorsement will be highly sought in next year’s mayoral election, most likely by Councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Madison Nguyen, or even an outsider like Pat Waite. But the value of the mayor’s backing could correspond to his ratings.