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Approval ratings drop for St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and City Council



Mayor Bill Foster and City Council are on the slide.

Weeks after moving forward with a fire-readiness fee to raise $10 million for a budget shortfall, the approval ratings for Foster and City Council fell among St. Petersburg voters, according to

The local pollster took the pulse of 2,422 voters on Aug. 4.

Among its findings, Foster’s approval rating fell from 57.8 percent in June to 51.7 percent last week. City Council has an even higher negative rating as 57.3 percent of voters disagree on how they’re performing.

Voters also weighed in on the Pier.

Council decided last week to not place a question on the November ballot to give voters a say in whether to move forward in building the Lens.
The pollster asked: “If the costs were the same, would your rather renovate the inverted pyramid pier or build the new Lens pier?”
Overwhelmingly, 68 percent of voters wanted to renovate the Pier; 32 percent wanted to build the Lens.

St. Petersburg voters are also split on the kickoff party for the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26 at Tropicana Filed, the police chase policy and red-light cameras, the poll shows.

Here is how voters responded to other questions:
Do you think the city installing red light cameras was a good thing?
Yes: 51.9 percent
No: 48.1 percent

Do you support the Republican National Convention kick-off party that will be hosted in St Petersburg on August 26th at Tropicana field?
Yes: 49.3 percent
No:  50.7 percent

Do you support the current police chase policy or do you think it should be changed?
Support: 52.0 percent
Change: 48.0 percent

[Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 2:35pm]


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