Poll: St. Pete residents like Bill Foster, red light cameras but oppose renewing school tax

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St. Petersburg has spoken—well, 2,592 of them—registered voters who responded to a telephone survey within St. Pete, conducted March 19 and 20.

So what if the 2013 race for St. Petersburg mayor were today? In a hypothetical match up between Rick Baker, Charlie Crist and Bill Foster—Crist apparently would have been elected by a landslide winning 48.1% of the votes with Bill Foster coming in second at 26.5%, nearly neck and neck with Rick Baker receiving 25.4% of the votes.

So, how is Mayor Foster doing as mayor? Well, not too bad, I suppose since the majority of respondents said that they approve of how Bill Foster is doing as Mayor (56.9%). When asked the same question regarding the St. Petersburg City Council, the marks were a little lower then the Mayor’s, but still more than 50% approve of how the City Council is doing their job (51.6%).

Respondents also weighed in on a few specific issues, such as whether they think installing red light cameras was a good thing. Most agreed yes (51.8%). They also agreed that bars should be required to hire off-duty police officers if they stay open to 3 a.m. (64.8%), and they also support having Pinellas County handle 9-1-1 calls for St. Petersburg if response rates didn’t change and the city saved money (75.2%).

Respondents did not support renewing the Pinellas County Schools extra property tax, however, with 60.2% voting “no” on this issue.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.