San Diego Growth Survey

Concerns about growth loom large in San Diego. Residents see government as major part of problem, but optimism about region’s future reigns.

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July 20, 2000, 9:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

San Diegans have seen the future and it looks like L.A. Residents say traffic, housing, and a host of other growth-related worries threaten the county and government is failing to meet the challenge, according to a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California and San Diego Dialogue. At the same time, residents express surprising optimism about the region’s ability to overcome its troubles and say they won’t head for greener pastures anytime soon. The large-scale public opinion survey of 2,000 San Diego County residents reveals a nearly unanimous (93%) expectation that the county’s population will grow in the next ten years, with eight in ten residents saying it will grow rapidly. Strikingly, only 18 percent believe the county will be a better place to live in 2010, while 38 percent say it will be worse. San Diegans are more likely than Californians as a whole to believe that their region will experience rapid growth in the next ten years (82% to 59%) and are less likely to say that it will be a better place to live a decade from now (18% to 28%).

Thanks to Chris Steins

Thursday, July 20, 2000 in Public Policy Institute of California

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