Poll: Residents Satisfied But Pessimistic

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 25, 2008

The Sacramento State poll found that less than half of the people surveyed are happy with the direction the Sacramento region is heading. That’s the lowest it’s been since the annual survey began in 2002. 

"Every year the majority of people in the Sacramento region think that we are going in the right direction. This is the first time they don’t think so."

Professor and pollster Amy Liu says only 49% of residents believe that Sacramento is going in the right direction. And 64% think the region will go through some economically hard times during the next 12-months.

When asked about the major issues facing Sacramento…the top responses were high gas prices, the state budget deficit and weak housing market. Crime and flood control were at the bottom of the list.   

Sac State’s poll was scientific…but we decided to do our own very unscientific survey… 

SM: I’m standing outside a grocery store in the Arden Arcade neighborhood with.... 

Male: Roger Tanner. 

SM: In your opinion what’s the biggest problem facing Sacramento? 

Roger Tanner:: Gas prices. It’s ridiculous man. $4.00 for a gallon of gas. What’s life coming to? 

SM: What’s your name please? 

Female: Debra Campbell. 

SM: Do you think Sacramento’s heading in the right direction? 

Debra Campbell: I don’t think so. I think if it does it’s going to be a while before it’s back into a better direction. I’ll be moving out of California within the next two months probably because it’s cheaper everywhere else it seems like. 

SM: What’s your name? 

Cecilia Royal: Cecilia Royal…I think that we should look for walkable communities. We should be worried about people feeling like they have to drive everywhere. I think Sacramento is one of those cities where that’s a doable goal. 

Royal says all in all, she’s happy with her quality of life here…and that’s what the Sac State poll found as well. Amy Liu says even though people are pessimistic about the future, 85% of the residents she surveyed like living in the Sacramento area. 

"The issues we are talking about here, it’s much bigger than the people in the Sacramento region can deal with."  

In other words, she says high gas prices, the weak housing market, these are national issues and they’re not exclusive to Sacramento. The telephone survey of 12,000 randomly selected residents was conducted from mid-February to early March.