First poll of St. Pete’s 2013 mayor’s race: Foster 49%, Curran 22%, Kriseman 12%

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What does the City of St. Petersburg think about their leadership? Survey results from a telephone poll conducted February 2 and 3 by St. Pete Polls, compiled responses from 1,620 registered voters in St. Petersburg. The results, overall, are encouraging.

Nearly than 53 percent of persons polled responded that they approve of how the City Council is doing their job and nearly 56 percent approve of how Bill Foster is doing as Mayor.

Yet, on budget and project decisions, respondents were not very pleased as more than 61 percent do not support the City’s plans to build a new police headquarters and more than 70 percent do not support the new Maltzan Lens Pier design and would prefer it if the City would consider other options.

Responses also indicated that St. Petersburg citizens thought the City installing red light cameras was a good thing by nearly 54 percent, but they did not support raising property taxes if fewer city services would be cut as a result even though the average property owner would not see a net increase in their taxes.

Lastly, in a hypothetical match-up for the 2013 race for Mayor, respondents answered who they vote for: Bill Foster, Rick Kriseman, Leslie Curran or Steve Kornell?

    Bill Foster:          48.5%

    Rick Kriseman:   12.2%

    Leslie Curran:     22.4%

    Steve Kornell:     16.9%

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