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City Council's Approval Rating Tanks After Pier Vote

StPetePolls released results of its new survey, which touches on the St. Pete Pier, Cit Council, Mayor Bil Foster and Red Light Cameras.

According to the local polling outfit, StPetePolls, City Council's approval rating took a dive this month after nearly a year of steady ratings. 

The survey, taken by 2,422 registered city voters on Aug. 4, shows Council's approval rating at 42.7 percent. Prior to that rating, Council never had an approval rating lower than 49 percent. 

Just days before the survey, . More than 23,000 petitions were signed to try and force a vote on the pier. 

StPetePolls also asked respondents, if the costs were the same, would you rather renovate the inverted pyramid pier or build . By more than two-thirds, 68 percent, the public said it wanted to renovate the inverted pyramid.

Mayor Bill Foster also had his lowest approval rating to date. According to the survey, Foster's August approval rating is 51 percent. That is down from and .  

Other questions asked in the survey include red light cameras, and the . Respondents' approval of the cameras increased from 48 percent in June to 52 percent in August. 

Last Thursday Foster and Police Chief Chuck Harmon said there are no plans to change the police department's high-speed chase policy. According to StPetePolls, the public agrees with that decision. On Aug. 4, 52 percent of those that took the survey said the city should not change its policy regarding car chases. 

A majority of respondents were split on their support of the RNC party at the Trop. The support, however, towed the political party line. According to StPetePolls, only 35 percent of Democrat respondent supported the welcome party, while 71 percent of Republican respondents did. 

Greg Cahanin August 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The Mayor had a heavier hand in getting the council to rubber stamp what the administration wanted than he admits. He got staff to so confuse the issues that the council voted a vote down. Foster is lackluster in his performance.
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