Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20662
 
As Filner Starts Rehab, 77% Want Him to Resign; If He Doesn't, 68% Back a Recall:

On the day San Diego Mayor Bob Filner checks himself into a behavioral-therapy clinic, support for Filner reaches a new low, opposition a new high, according to the latest SurveyUSA poll conducted for the U-T San Diego newspaper and KGTV-TV 10 News.

Today, just 16% of San Diegans think Filner should remain in office, compared to 77% who say Filner should resign. If Filner does not resign, 68% say the Mayor should be recalled. The percentage of San Diegans who say the mayor should resign has grown from 59% on 07/12/13 to 69% on 07/24/13 to 77% today. Calls for the mayor's recall have increased from 60% on 07/26/13 to 68% today.

Despite the city's disdain for the mayor's sexcapades, San Diegans are divided over whether groping is the most serious problem facing Filner. Also to be considered are allegations that the mayor extracted concessions from developers in return for approving their projects.

* 44% say sexual harassment is the more serious allegation.
* 44% say the financial charges are more serious.

Should the city have sued Filner in an attempt to make him liable for any damages the city may face as a result of the sexual harassment claims? 71% say yes. 15% say no.

Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 600 city of San Diego adults 08/02/13 through 08/04/13. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (78% of adults) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (22% of adults) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

 
Based on what you know, should Bob Filner remain in office? Or should he resign?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Remain In Office16%16%17%22%16%10%12%20%11%14%16%23%14%13%17%15%16%19%11%12%26%8%19%17%15%19%17%
Resign77%79%76%69%79%85%86%73%86%82%78%70%76%78%77%79%78%75%82%80%71%84%74%78%77%75%78%
Not Sure6%5%7%9%5%5%2%8%4%4%6%7%10%9%5%7%6%5%7%8%2%8%8%5%8%6%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%39%24%23%14%63%37%49%6%25%19%22%78%29%38%31%23%46%27%13%32%55%28%31%40%
 
 
If Filner does not resign, do you think he should be recalled?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Yes68%71%64%56%73%75%77%63%76%71%58%57%77%67%68%71%65%68%72%68%63%69%60%71%65%71%67%
No21%21%21%25%20%16%18%23%17%20%26%28%11%12%23%18%24%20%20%18%26%19%24%19%21%21%21%
Not Sure12%8%15%19%7%9%5%14%7%10%16%15%12%21%9%11%11%12%7%13%11%13%16%9%14%8%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%39%24%23%14%63%37%49%6%25%19%22%78%29%38%31%23%46%27%13%32%55%28%31%40%
 
 
3Mayor Filner starts two weeks of behavioral therapy on Monday. When Filner is in therapy, will city operations suffer? Will operations run more smoothly? Or will operations run as they normally do?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Operations Will Suffer23%23%23%21%21%24%29%21%26%26%23%19%20%11%26%29%23%16%27%21%22%24%24%22%18%29%22%
Run More Smoothly28%30%26%23%31%31%33%26%32%26%25%32%29%27%29%29%30%26%38%25%24%30%28%27%32%27%26%
Run Normally42%42%41%46%43%38%33%45%36%42%46%43%38%47%40%34%40%50%30%44%49%29%40%46%40%40%44%
Not Sure7%5%10%9%5%8%5%8%7%6%7%6%13%14%6%8%6%8%6%10%5%17%7%5%10%4%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%39%24%23%14%63%37%49%6%25%19%22%78%29%38%31%23%46%27%13%32%55%28%31%40%
 
 
4What news story about Bob Filner concerns you more? The charge of sexual misconduct? Or the charge that he improperly extracted monetary concessions for the city from developers in return for approving their projects?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Sexual Misconduct44%44%44%47%35%48%46%43%47%40%51%47%49%41%45%41%49%40%39%46%48%51%43%43%48%47%40%
Extracting Monetary Concessions44%45%42%42%48%41%43%45%41%47%38%40%40%47%43%47%38%47%49%41%39%34%46%45%41%44%47%
Not Sure12%11%14%10%16%12%11%13%12%13%11%13%11%12%12%12%12%13%12%13%13%15%11%12%11%9%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%39%24%23%14%63%37%49%6%25%19%22%78%29%38%31%23%46%27%13%32%55%28%31%40%
 
 
5The city has sued Filner in an attempt to make him liable for any damages or legal fees the city may incur as a result of the sexual harassment lawsuit against him and the city. Should the city have sued Filner?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Yes71%72%71%66%75%76%73%70%75%74%57%66%76%79%69%73%74%68%75%73%69%72%69%72%71%69%75%
No15%18%13%17%15%12%18%16%14%18%18%15%9%9%17%17%12%18%15%13%18%8%14%18%13%18%15%
Not Sure13%10%16%17%10%13%8%14%11%8%25%18%15%12%13%10%14%14%10%14%13%20%17%10%15%13%11%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%39%24%23%14%63%37%49%6%25%19%22%78%29%38%31%23%46%27%13%32%55%28%31%40%
 
 
6On another topic, the San Diego City Council approved a policy to pay prevailing wages for city projects. While projects may cost more, the city may get higher quality workmanship and workers may get better pay. Do you agree with the City Council's decision to pay prevailing wages? Or disagree?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Agree55%58%51%60%45%54%59%54%56%62%70%51%36%57%54%45%65%51%39%58%65%52%57%54%54%57%52%
Disagree31%35%27%23%38%36%34%29%35%29%17%30%42%22%34%40%25%31%46%28%22%27%29%34%29%30%34%
Not Sure14%7%22%17%17%10%8%17%9%9%13%19%22%21%12%15%11%18%15%14%13%21%15%12%17%13%14%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%39%24%23%14%63%37%49%6%25%19%22%78%29%38%31%23%46%27%13%32%55%28%31%40%