Maybe it’s the sun, or the proximity of the holiday season, or the fact that the Chargers are finally playing up to their potential, but San Diegans are generally optimistic about the city’s future, according to a survey done this month by Competitive Edge Research for a local think tank.
In a Nov. 27 report on the results, 50 percent of respondents say the city is moving in the right direction, the highest percentage since March. Those who say the city is on the wrong track made up 32 percent of those responding, which is 2 points above the level reported for January, but down from the 35 percent negative opinion in July.
The remaining 18 percent were unsure what direction the city is moving.
The survey was done for the San Diego Institute for Policy Research, an organization funded by former mayoral candidate Steve Francis.
As to the burning issues of the day, 16 percent said the city’s budget and financial problems are the most important, while the second most important are infrastructure and roads, considered the most important by 9 percent of those questioned.
However, when the survey breaks out the question according to incomes, 17 percent of those earning less than $40,000 say crime is the most important issue.
Other issues eliciting widespread concern are traffic, named by 7 percent as the most important, and immigration/ border issues, named by 5 percent of those responding as the most important.
Competitive Edge reported contacting 1,011 adult residents between Nov. 4 and Nov. 10. Half of the respondents were in the city of San Diego. The margin of error within San Diego County was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
, Mike Allen