Press Release for Thursday, October 6, 2005

UNF Poll Finds Support for Jet Base at Cecil Field

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

A new University of North Florida poll shows Jacksonville voters support reopening the jet base at Cecil Field.

The poll, conducted between Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 by Dr. Matthew Corrigan of the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at UNF, was performed through the use of Computer Assisted Telephone interviewing at a supervised polling laboratory at the University.

The survey includes 665 registered Duval County voters who are registered to vote at his or her current address and who voted in the 2004 presidential election. The margin of error is +/-3.9 percent with a 95 percent confidence interval.

Among the findings:

--Nearly 63 percent of Jacksonville voters support reopening the jet base at Cecil Field. Support for the proposal changed to 51 percent when people were asked if they would support the proposal if a Navy jet base were located within 5 miles of their home.

--Support for the Better Jacksonville Plan remains at 58 percent, even with the problems with the courthouse and funding of road projects. Fifty-six percent are somewhat confident or very confident that the Better Jacksonville Plan will result in a better city over the next 20 years. Twenty-nine percent are not confident.

--Seventy percent of respondents somewhat or strongly approved of the job John Peyton is doing as mayor. When asked whether the mayor deserved re-election after his first term, 38 percent said they would re-elect Peyton, while 44 percent said they weren’t sure. Eighteen percent said they would vote for someone else.

--Approval of the City Council stands at 54 percent.

--Seventy-two percent rated the quality of life in Jacksonville as either good or excellent.

--Approval of Governor Jeb Bush in Duval County is at 71 percent, while approval for President Bush is at 59 percent.

--Currently, there is one open seat for the U.S. Senate from Florida in 2006. Respondents were asked if the election were held today, would they vote for Bill Nelson, a Democrat, or Katherine Harris, a Republican. Nelson is at 34 percent, Harris is at 33 percent and 23 percent remain undecided.

For complete results or more information regarding survey methodology, contact Dr. Matthew Corrigan at or contact the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at UNF AT (904) 620-4433.