San Francisco voters are overwhelmingly concerned about affordability and availability of housing right now, but a new poll shows a surprising—or maybe not—gap in which groups of people are feeling the pain most pressingly.
Turns out that the richer, the younger, and the more recently you moved here, the more likely you are to feel that San Francisco is headed in the right direction. The older, the poorer, and the more sedentary you are, the more likely the converse is true. Which, to be fair, isn't so shocking: If we had been pulling down six figures in our early twenties and had more or less an entire city catering to our whims, we'd be pretty happy too. And if we were old and poor and stuck in our ways, we'd probably be feeling like life was passing us by too.
But it's still fascinating to pour over the results of a new poll by David Binder, conducted on behalf of Todco, a nonprofit housing development company. It asked 400 residents to weigh in on the issues of housing and affordability and found that, "Those under the age of 30, those who make more than $100,000 a year and those who have lived in San Francisco for less than five years were overwhelmingly positive about the city's direction, while those who make less than $99,000 a year and those between the ages of 30 and 49 are far more split about whether the city is going in a negative or positive direction."
Sixty-four percent of respondents supported a measure like the one floated by Supervisor Jane Kim that would require 30 percent of all new housing built to be set aside for affordable units (currently that number is around a quarter.) Seventy-five percent of voters said that they had seen changes in their neighborhoods in the last three years, and a majority found those changes to be negative. Presaging a potential weakness politically for the mayor, 59 percent said that they were dissatisfied with the job that City Hall has been doing in addressing the affordability issue.
The poll had a margin of error of five points and was conducted from July 7 to 11.