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.