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.