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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


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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

Strongly Support

23%

Somewhat Support

29%

Somewhat Oppose

17%

Strongly Oppose

29%

NA/DK

2%

 

Demographics Questions:

What is your age? Is it:
Answer Percentage

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:
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

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?
Answer Percentage

Landline Only

5%

Cell Phone Only

33%

Both Landline and Cell phone

61%

NA/DK

1%

 

What area of town do you live in?
Answer Percentage

Northside

21%

Westside

21%

Arlington

11%

Downtown

2%

Riverside

4%

Southside

16%

Mandarin

11%

Intracoastal/Beaches

11%

NA/DK

3%

 

Respondent gender
Answer Percentage

Male

48%

Female

52%