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




Mayor Bill Foster and the City Council continue to improve in the eyes of St. Petersburg voters. 

Weeks after rejecting the Tampa Bay Rays request to explore stadium sites outside he city, Foster’s approval ratings jumped. 

Foster’s approval rose from 52.5 percent in September to 55.6 in November, according to

The local pollster took the pulse of 1,424 voters on Nov. 12. Among its findings, ratings for the City Council rose from 43.8 to 50.3 in the same period. 

With the stalemate over a new stadium for the Rays poised to drag on even further, city voters overwhelming — 70 percent — oppose taking out loans to build a new stadium. 

The sentiments of red light cameras has also dropped to the lowest levels since the pollster started questioning voters. On that, 52 percent of voters don’t think the “city installing red light cameras was a good thing.”

Voters also weighed in on the recently created foreclosure registry and the ordinance impacting human billboards.

Findings show:

Do you support the creation of a registry of foreclosed homes by the city?

Yes: 44.4 percent

No: 22.5 percent

Undecided:  33.1 percent

Would you support the city banning people from waving business signs along busy streets?

Yes: 32 percent

No: 56.7 percent

Undecided: 11.3 percent



[Last modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:46pm]


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