Press Release for Monday, February 18, 2013

UNF Poll Shows Jacksonville City Council Has Room for Improvement

Media Contact: Sharon Ashton, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2115 

 

UNF Poll Shows Jacksonville City Council Has Room for Improvement  

 

            A new University of North Florida poll reveals that 48 percent of adult residents of Duval County approve of the job that the Jacksonville City Council is doing. In conjunction with this support, residents are quite satisfied with a number of facets of the City of Jacksonville. Topping the list, 77 percent of respondents are especially satisfied with opportunities to enjoy arts and cultural activities, and respondents are very satisfied—73 percent—with the quality, cost and availability of parks and open spaces in Jacksonville. Sixty percent of respondents were satisfied with the hours and quality of the Duval County Public Libraries, while 67 percent were satisfied with the quality of the physical infrastructure such as roads, bridges and public buildings in the city.  

 

            Contrary to this overwhelming satisfaction, residents aren’t as enthusiastic when it comes to paying higher taxes in order to maintain the parks, libraries, arts culture and physical infrastructure. Only 39 percent of the respondents were willing to support a small tax increase in order to support the arts; libraries didn’t fare much better, with only 40 percent of respondents willing to support a tax increase. Parks and infrastructure fared slightly better, with 52 percent and 50 percent support respectively.  

 

            The survey was conducted through the use of a 27-station telephone-polling laboratory at UNF. A polling sample was selected through the use of Random-Digit-Dialing methodology. A cell phone sample and an overlay sample were used to increase representation. Age, gender, race and party registration were weighted to the 2010 U.S. Census, as well as to statistics from the Supervisor of Elections for Duval County registered voters. 

 

            The survey was conducted between Monday, Feb. 4, and Tuesday, Feb. 12, and includes 917 residents (+/- 3.23 percent) in Duval County. Approximately 210 UNF political science students participated in the data collection. 

 

            Below are the full results. For further information or questions about methodology, contact Dr. Michael Binder, UNF assistant professor of political science, at (904) 620-1205 or m.binder@unf.edu . 

 

            UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education. 

 

-UNF- 

 

*Data is weighted by age, gender, race, and party identification.  

   

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Jacksonville City Council is handling its job?  

  

N=917  

Strongly Approve  

6%  

Somewhat Approve  

42%  

Somewhat Disapprove  

21%  

Strongly Disapprove  

13%  

NA/DK  

17%  

   

How satisfied are you with the quality of the physical infrastructure (roads, bridges, public buildings) in Jacksonville?  

  

N=917  

Very Satisfied  

16%  

Somewhat Satisfied  

51%  

Somewhat Unsatisfied  

18%  

Very Unsatisfied  

12%  

NA/DK  

2%  

   

Do you support or oppose a half-cent sales tax increase if those taxes go to maintaining and improving infrastructure?  

  

N=917  

Strongly Approve  

21%  

Somewhat Approve  

29%  

Somewhat Oppose  

18%  

Strongly Oppose  

30%  

NA/DK  

2%  

   

How satisfied are you with the hours and quality of the Duval County public libraries?  

  

N=917  

Strongly Approve  

27%  

Somewhat Approve  

33%  

Somewhat Oppose  

14%  

Strongly Oppose  

10%  

NA/DK  

16%  

   

Do you support or oppose a small increase in property taxes if those taxes go to maintain and improving the libraries?  

  

N=917  

Strongly Support  

17%  

Somewhat Support  

23%  

Somewhat Oppose  

19%  

Strongly Oppose  

36%  

NA/DK  

5%  

   

   

   

How satisfied are you with opportunities to enjoy arts and cultural activities in Jacksonville?  

  

N=917  

Very Satisfied  

32%  

Somewhat Satisfied  

45%  

Somewhat Unsatisfied  

9%  

Very Unsatisfied  

7%  

NA/DK  

7%  

   

Do you support or oppose a small increase in property taxes if those taxes go to supporting the arts?  

  

N=917  

Strongly Support  

14%  

Somewhat Support  

25%  

Somewhat Oppose  

18%  

Strongly Oppose  

40%  

NA/DK  

3%  

   

How satisfied are you with the quality, cost, and availability of parks and open spaces in Jacksonville?  

  

N=917  

Very Satisfied  

30%  

Somewhat Satisfied  

43%  

Somewhat Unsatisfied  

14%  

Very Unsatisfied  

7%  

NA/DK  

6%  

   

Do you support or oppose a half-cent sales tax increase if those taxes go to maintaining and improving parks and open spaces?  

  

N=917  

Strongly Support  

23%  

Somewhat Support  

29%  

Somewhat Oppose  

17%  

Strongly Oppose  

29%  

NA/DK  

2%  

   

Demographics Questions:  

   

What is your age? Is it:  

  

N=917  

18-24  

16%  

25-44  

35%  

45-64  

33%  

65-80  

10%  

Above 80  

5%  

NA/DK  

1%  

   

   

What is your racial or ethnic background?  Is it:  

  

N=917  

Caucasian  

61%  

African American  

27%  

Latino  

6%  

Asian  

4%  

Other  

3%  

NA/DK  

0%  

   

Are you a registered Democrat, Republican, No Party Affiliation or are you not registered to vote?  

  

N=917  

Democrat  

36%  

Republican  

34%  

No Party Affiliation  

16%  

Other  

3%  

Not Registered to Vote  

7%  

NA/DK  

3%  

What is the highest grade in school or year of college you have completed?  

  

N=917  

Grade School  

4%  

High School Graduate  

25%  

Some College  

41%  

College Graduate  

19%  

Post Graduate  

9%  

NA/DK  

1%  

What is your annual household income?  

  

N=917  

Less than $25,000  

11%  

$25,000 to $50,000  

24%  

$50,000 to $75,000  

20%  

$75,000 to $100,000  

12%  

Above $100,000  

12%  

NA/DK  

20%  

Are we reaching you on a landline or a cell phone?  

  

N=917  

Landline  

43%  

Cell Phone  

56%  

NA/DK  

1%  

   

   

   

Do you only have a landline, only have a cell phone, or do you have both a landline and a cell phone?  

  

N=917  

Landline Only  

5%  

Cell Phone Only  

33%  

Both Landline and Cell phone  

61%  

NA/DK  

1%  

What area of town do you live in?  

  

N=917  

Northside  

21%  

Westside  

21%  

Arlington  

11%  

Downtown  

2%  

Riverside  

4%  

Southside  

16%  

Mandarin  

11%  

Intracoastal/Beaches  

11%  

NA/DK  

3%  

Respondent gender  

  

N=917  

Male  

48%  

Female  

52%