March 11, 2005

Only 16% Think Mayor and Council Have Not Committed a Crime

Over 2/3 Think City Attorney is Right to Investigate Council

According to a survey released by the San Diego Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA), 38% of registered voters think the Mayor and Council have committed a crime in the ongoing pension scandal at City Hall, and 67% think it is the proper role of the City Attorney to investigate the Council.

“Every day the news from City Hall gets worse. People just want someone to take charge and lead, but they have not seen anyone other than Mike Aguirre step up to the plate,” states Richard Babcock, President of RNHA. “The Mayor’s overall approval rating continues to plunge with only 18% of San Diegans approving of the way he is handling his job, while only 5% approve of his handling of the pension crisis.”

Most San Diegans approve of the job City Attorney Mike Aguirre is doing, giving him a 48% approval rating. Fifty-three percent approve of his performance regarding pension problems; only 25% disapprove.

Overall, the Council has even a lower approval rating than the Mayor, with 16% approving and 55% disapproving of the way it is handling its job. When respondents were asked about their specific Councilmembers, the approval ratings shot higher. Using our rating scale, Councilmember Tony Young had the highest approval rating of 34, with Councilmember Zucchet having the lowest at –8.

                 		Approval         Disapproval     Undecided        Rating
Mayor 18% 56% 26% -37
City Attorney 48% 22% 30% 26
Council 16% 55% 29% -39
Scott Peters 28% 27% 46% 1
Michael Zucchet 26% 34% 40% -8
Toni Atkins 29% 26% 45% 3
Tony Young 35% 1% 63% 34
Brian Maienscheim 24% 14% 62% 10
Donna Frye 41% 17% 41% 24
Jim Madaffer 24% 27% 49% -3
Ralph Inzunza 23% 27% 50% -4

Approval Ratings

Thirty percent of survey respondents blame the Mayor and Council for the pension problems; 28% blame the City’s Retirement Board. Seven percent blame the labor unions, 3% blame Mike Aguirre, and 32% are undecided. City Attorney Mike Aguirre is seen as the one who can fix the pension problems by 26%, Donna Frye second with 14%, the Mayor and Council with 12% and labor unions 7%: 31% are undecided.

About the Survey

Profile Research & Marketing, a demographic and research firm based in San Diego, conducted the poll. Findings are based on a telephone survey of 673 San Diego registered voters interviewed between February 15 to January 19. Interviews took place on weekday nights and weekend days, using a computer-generated random sample of telephone numbers. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish. The sampling error for the total sample is +/- 4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. This means that 95 times out of 100, the results will be within 4 percentage points of what they would be if all registered voters in San Diego were interviewed. The sampling error for subgroups is larger.

The purpose of the RNHA Survey is to develop an in-depth profile of the social, economic, and political forces affecting San Diego and to develop a better understanding of voters. The RNHA is a volunteer grassroots organization committed to educating voters on the importance of getting involved in the political process. The Republican Party originally chartered the organization in 1972.

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