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



St. Petersburg voters have declining opinions on Mayor Bill Foster and the City Council. 

Foster’s approval rating dropped to 50.9 percent last month from 54.3 in December, according to The rating has dropped to its lowest point since the local pollster started the polls in November 2011.

The pollster took the pulse of 1,729 voters on Feb. 6.Among its findings, ratings for the City Council also dropped from 44.5 to 38.3 in the same period.

With the stalemate over a new stadium for the Rays poised to drag on even further, city voters support— 57.2 percent— a plan to let the team look for a stadium outside the city as long as they pay a fee.

The controversial plan to replace the Pier has captured voters’ attention in an election year. Other findings include:

In this year’s city election, will a candidates position on the Pier be an important factor in who you vote for?

Yes: 69.7 percent
No: 19.7 percent
Unsure: 10.6 percent

Do you think the city installing red light cameras was a good thing?

Yes: 48.3 percent
No: 51.7 percent

Would you support a plan to allow the Rays baseball team to look at new stadium locations outside of the city if they paid the city’s yearly costs for operating Tropicana field and are still bound by the terms of the current contract? 

Yes: 57.2 percent
No: 36.4 percent
Unsure: 6.4 percent

Do you think the city should put the question of whether to demolish the inverted pyramid pier on the ballot before its planned demolition date? 

Yes: 66.9 percent
No: 27.2 percent
Unsure: 5.9 percent

Do you believe that your taxes will be raised to pay for a new Pier? 

Yes: 74.5 percent
No: 18.6 percent
Unsure: 6.9 percent

Do you believe that the approach or bridge out to the Pier needs to be replaced? 

Yes: 39.2 percent
No: 42.5 percent
Unsure: 18.3 percent

Do you believe that the existing inverted pyramid pier building can be renovated?

Yes: 55.7 percent
No: 31.6 percent
Unsure: 12.8 percent

[Last modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 5:52pm]


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