June 5, 2002
New survey: Sacramento Region residents
fret about traffic, Gov. Davis, terrorism
Wide-ranging survey also looks at
Sacramento Region attitudes on regionalism, economy, immigration
More Sacramento Region residents say traffic is a major problem
than residents of the Bay Area and Los Angeles. They're much
less happy with Gov. Gray Davis than Californians as a whole.
And with the events of Sept. 11 still fresh on their minds,
half say the government should be able to monitor e-mails
and telephone calls of residents who are not citizens.
Those are among the findings of an extensive new survey from
the Institute for Social Research at California State University,
The first "Annual Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality
in the Sacramento Region" was carried out in March by
CSUS sociology professor and researcher Amy Liu, along with
more than 20 CSUS students. It surveyed residents of Sacramento,
Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties.
Liu based many of the survey questions on statewide surveys
conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California so
results could be compared with the rest of the state. The
new survey, however, focuses on the Sacramento Region on its
own rather than as part of the Central Valley.
"The Sacramento Region is often looked at simply as part
of the Central Valley, but it is really much different,"
Liu says. "This is a major metropolitan area, a place
much more like Los Angeles, the Bay Area and San Diego than
other parts of the Central Valley."
Among the survey's other findings:
More Sacramento Region residents are concerned the
government will enact excessively restrictive anti-terrorist
laws (55 percent) than that it will not enact strong anti-terrorist
laws (30 percent).
About half (49 percent) want to reduce immigration.
Just 8 percent want to increase immigration, compared to 15
89 percent say they are satisfied with their quality
of life. They are more likely than residents statewide to
believe things are going well (65 percent vs. 56 percent)
and more positive about the economic future (72 percent vs.
Residents rank affordable housing (47 percent) as the
second most important problem facing the region, after traffic
Half prefer to live in suburban, single-family housing,
even with a long commute, compared to 48 percent in Los Angeles
and 31 percent in the Bay Area.
Of three funding proposals related to regional problem-solving,
70 percent favor fees to preserve open space or build affordable
housing, 64 percent favor allowing local governments rather
than the Legislature decide how to divide property taxes,
and 51 percent support tax-sharing among local governments.
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