Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #23538
 
San Diego Voters Say 'Wait Till Next Year' Before Scheduling Referenda on Convention Center and Soccer Stadium Complex;
Broad Support for Hotel Tax, With Plurality in Favor of Giving Proceeds to Homeless; No Consensus on Qualcomm Re-Birth:


San Diego voters are 2:1 in favor of a new hotel tax that would raise money for an expanded downtown center, but voters are in no rush to spend the estimated $5 million in taxpayer money that would be necessary to hold a special election in 2017 to vote on the matter. A majority are happy waiting a year to call the roll, according to SurveyUSA's latest opinion poll commissioned by KGTV-TV and the Union Tribune of San Diego.

Once the city does schedule an election, voters may also be asked to weigh-in on a new soccer complex, known as Soccer City, to be fashioned on the site of Qualcomm Stadium. If a vote on Soccer Stadium were today, the outcome would be too close to call, with 43% of voters in favor of building a new soccer stadium, 40% opposed. Young voters are 2:1 in favor of the soccer stadium complex, seniors are 2:1 against.

Complicating matters: San Diego State University does not want to invest in Soccer City because the soccer initiative is not important to the university's future. Voters by 3:1 say the San Diego City Council should look for other financial partners, which would have the effect of ensuring that the measure could not be put before city voters until at least 2018.

600 city of San Diego adults were interviewed 05/29/17 and 05/30/17. Of the adults, 527 were registered to vote and were asked the substantive questions in this survey.
 
1The San Diego City Council is debating whether to call a special election for November or wait until a regular election next year to put two measures on the ballot. One measure would increase city hotel-room taxes to fund an expansion of the downtown convention center and help pay for services for the homeless and road repairs. The other measure, a plan called "SoccerCity," would redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium site with housing, retail, and a soccer stadium. The cost of the election is estimated at $5 million. Should the City Council call a special election this November? Or wait until the scheduled election in 2018?
527 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AffiliationIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanityCell Phone / Lan
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanCell PhoLandline
Call a Special Election35%38%32%44%37%28%23%40%26%32%42%40%33%33%34%25%21%41%47%34%34%29%42%38%35%33%32%37%37%33%34%34%37%34%38%33%34%39%29%39%28%
Wait Until The Scheduled Election59%58%60%49%52%71%74%50%72%64%52%51%56%66%61%66%71%55%48%59%63%64%52%56%61%60%62%60%59%60%61%47%59%62%54%59%62%54%66%52%69%
Not Sure6%5%8%7%12%1%3%9%2%4%6%9%11%1%4%9%8%5%6%7%3%7%6%5%4%7%6%4%4%7%5%19%5%5%8%8%4%7%5%9%3%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%29%32%22%18%61%39%54%8%21%17%11%13%9%16%15%21%12%24%39%33%15%15%33%17%16%30%33%33%12%31%57%28%34%38%56%41%60%40%
 
2Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget closes a modest shortfall by making cuts to arts programs and not filling some budgeted positions, among other things. If the $5 million cost of a special election this year could instead be used to reduce some of the budget cuts, would that make you more likely to prefer waiting for the scheduled election in 2018? Or would it make no difference to you?
527 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AffiliationIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanityCell Phone / Lan
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanCell PhoLandline
More Likely To Prefer Waiting64%63%64%62%61%69%65%61%67%66%61%67%52%59%71%55%58%65%67%72%65%60%68%71%57%61%69%68%64%61%69%59%65%64%62%63%67%65%63%65%61%
Would Make No Difference29%33%26%28%33%24%30%31%26%27%33%26%38%36%27%40%34%27%21%27%31%33%23%24%37%33%24%28%31%33%26%26%29%30%27%31%28%28%31%26%33%
Not Sure7%4%10%10%5%8%5%8%7%7%6%8%9%4%3%5%8%7%12%2%3%7%8%5%6%6%7%4%6%6%6%15%6%6%11%6%4%7%6%8%6%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%29%32%22%18%61%39%54%8%21%17%11%13%9%16%15%21%12%24%39%33%15%15%33%17%16%30%33%33%12%31%57%28%34%38%56%41%60%40%
 
3The proposed hotel tax ballot measure would increase the hotel room rate between 1 and 3 percentage points for 40 years. Two-thirds of the money raised would go toward financing an expanded convention center while the remaining third of the money would be split equally between programs to reduce homelessness and to make street repairs. If you were voting on this ballot measure, would you vote for it? Or against it?
527 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AffiliationIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanityCell Phone / Lan
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanCell PhoLandline
For58%61%55%62%59%55%51%60%53%57%67%62%49%57%62%52%43%67%64%60%59%54%62%53%49%59%61%70%51%59%65%60%55%59%61%50%63%64%50%63%50%
Against27%28%27%18%30%30%35%24%32%26%27%31%30%40%26%23%41%24%19%27%32%31%22%37%37%25%24%15%37%25%20%26%28%28%20%34%26%24%31%20%38%
Not Sure15%11%19%20%11%14%14%15%14%17%6%7%21%4%12%24%16%10%18%14%8%16%16%10%14%16%15%14%12%16%15%15%18%13%18%16%11%12%19%17%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%29%32%22%18%61%39%54%8%21%17%11%13%9%16%15%21%12%24%39%33%15%15%33%17%16%30%33%33%12%31%57%28%34%38%56%41%60%40%
 
4Should the plan for dividing the hotel tax revenues give more money to the convention center? Give more to homelessness? Give more to road repair? Or is the plan just about right as it is?
527 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AffiliationIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanityCell Phone / Lan
Credibility Interval: ± 4.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanCell PhoLandline
Give More To Convention Center9%13%6%6%10%9%13%8%11%9%10%9%8%21%15%8%8%5%5%9%18%7%6%20%9%7%10%4%15%7%7%7%6%11%6%9%11%8%10%6%13%
Give More To Homelessness38%28%48%50%38%28%32%44%30%34%61%48%29%35%13%32%29%46%48%57%23%36%51%34%24%34%41%63%29%34%51%58%39%34%50%37%32%41%35%44%30%
Give More To Road Repair29%32%27%26%24%41%29%25%35%30%11%28%35%29%45%33%32%27%25%18%37%30%23%24%44%32%28%16%34%32%22%19%32%29%20%33%32%26%33%27%32%
Just About Right As It Is15%19%11%11%18%12%19%14%15%18%9%8%14%10%21%24%16%12%14%11%16%16%13%13%13%20%11%10%13%20%10%9%14%16%15%13%16%16%13%14%15%
Not Sure9%9%9%8%10%10%7%9%9%8%9%7%13%5%7%4%15%9%9%5%6%10%7%9%10%7%9%7%9%7%8%8%10%9%10%8%9%9%10%9%10%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%29%32%22%18%61%39%54%8%21%17%11%13%9%16%15%21%12%24%39%33%15%15%33%17%16%30%33%33%12%31%57%28%34%38%56%41%60%40%
 
5Next, the SoccerCity ballot measure would build a Major League Soccer stadium, homes, commercial space, and parkland at the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley. If you were voting on this ballot measure, would you vote for it? Or against it?
527 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AffiliationIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanityCell Phone / Lan
Credibility Interval: ± 4.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanCell PhoLandline
For43%43%43%51%47%36%29%49%33%42%43%46%40%33%49%45%36%42%49%40%41%40%46%41%43%46%46%33%42%46%40%39%40%45%42%37%48%43%42%48%35%
Against40%44%36%28%35%47%58%32%52%41%41%38%38%49%40%41%46%32%34%46%44%40%39%43%48%38%39%35%46%38%37%48%42%37%38%46%35%40%40%31%52%
Not Sure18%14%21%21%18%17%13%19%15%17%16%16%22%17%11%13%18%26%16%14%14%20%16%15%10%16%15%32%12%16%23%13%19%18%20%16%17%17%18%21%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%29%32%22%18%61%39%54%8%21%17%11%13%9%16%15%21%12%24%39%33%15%15%33%17%16%30%33%33%12%31%57%28%34%38%56%41%60%40%
 
6San Diego State University has rejected becoming a partner in SoccerCity because they say it does not meet the university's needs, and is asking the City Council to seek alternate proposals for the Qualcomm Stadium site. Should the City Council seek alternatives, which would ensure SoccerCity could not be voted on until 2018? Or should the City Council not seek alternatives?
527 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AffiliationIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanityCell Phone / Lan
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanCell PhoLandline
Seek64%62%66%68%60%67%61%64%65%67%68%61%55%55%64%63%67%72%63%64%60%68%64%61%62%65%72%63%61%65%68%53%63%67%60%64%67%65%63%67%59%
Not Seek22%26%19%17%21%22%31%19%26%21%14%21%29%31%29%21%24%16%19%24%30%20%20%26%26%26%16%13%26%26%15%26%22%21%21%24%22%21%23%18%28%
Not Sure14%12%16%15%19%10%8%17%9%11%18%18%17%13%7%16%10%12%18%12%10%12%16%13%12%8%11%24%13%8%17%20%15%12%19%12%11%14%14%15%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%29%32%22%18%61%39%54%8%21%17%11%13%9%16%15%21%12%24%39%33%15%15%33%17%16%30%33%33%12%31%57%28%34%38%56%41%60%40%