In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2022

A new poll of 665 likely Raleigh voters shows overwhelmingly that Oak City residents want change to address growing problems in key areas including: the corrupting influence of campaign donations, the loss of affordable housing, the decline of neighborhood quality of life and the stifling of residents’ voices in local government affairs.

Key Findings:

72% of respondents thought that “city government in Raleigh is too beholden to developers and the real estate development industry.”

74% agreed that Raleigh is failing its low-income and minority communities.

Almost half of the poll respondents (49%) thought that out of nine key issues of Raleigh’s most pressing problems that “a lack of affordable housing for middle and low-income families” topped their list of concerns.

• Respondents also thought that Raleigh’s growth is “destroying neighborhoods and forcing large numbers of people to relocate outside of Raleigh” by a 53% to 28% measure with 19% not sure.

• And a massive majority, 69% of respondents, believed that the Mayor & Council’s disbandment of the Citizen Advisory Councils two years ago was a bad decision with only 13% considering it a good decision.

The poll reflects Raleigh residents’ concerns about the growing influence of powerful development interests at the expense of housing affordability, neighborhood preservation and local democratic processes.

In the coming weeks Livable Raleigh will focus on each of these findings by proposing positive, constructive changes to address Raleigh voters’ key concerns.

About Livable Raleigh: Livable Raleigh is an all-volunteer non-profit organization with the mission to educate, inform, and engage Raleigh residents about issues that impact the quality of life in Raleigh.

Media Contacts:

Susan Maruyama
Susanrmm97@gmail.com
310-995-7888

Stef Mendell
stefmendell@gmail.com
919-412-2635

Public Policy Polling surveyed 665 Raleigh voters from February 24-25, 2022. The margin of error is +/- 3.8%. 50% of interviews for the survey were conducted by telephone and 50% by text message. Any media inquiries about the poll methodology can be directed to Jim Williams of PPP at jim.williams@publicpolicypolling.com or at 919-985-5380.

A copy of the poll results can be downloaded here:  Full polling report with crosstabs