OAKLAND -- In the past 12 months, crime has dipped, the economy has picked up, but Mayor Jean Quan's approval rating is still near rock bottom.

Polling data released this week by KPIX found that only 24 percent of respondents approved of Quan's job performance. Sixty-six percent disapproved. The figures are almost identical to a KPIX-commissioned survey last March that found approval for Quan at 23 percent and disapproval at 60 percent.

The polling of 500 Oakland adults was conducted by SurveyUSA on March 6, the same day that Quan delivered her State of the City Address. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percent.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group archives)
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group archives)

Quan's re-election campaign co-chairman Michael Colbruno brushed off the poll numbers. "We're walking neighborhoods right now and when we get a chance to tell people what she's accomplished, the response has been very positive."

Respondents were generally pessimistic about the city's direction and concerned about crime, which 71 percent of those polled said was the city's biggest problem.

Only one-quarter of respondents said Oakland was heading in the right direction, while 64 percent said the city was on the wrong track. Likewise, 49 percent of respondents said the city's quality of life was getting worse, while only 15 percent said it was getting better.


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Dissatisfaction with Quan spanned all age, gender, racial, educational, income and ideological divides, the poll found. Among ethnic groups, Hispanics gave Quan the highest marks even though two-thirds of them were dissatisfied with her performance.

The poll mirrors several recent surveys that have found the mayor vulnerable to a crowded field of opponents seeking to oust her in the November election. A November poll commissioned by the pro-business Jobs and Housing Coalition pegged Quan's approval rating at 31 percent.

When SurveyUSA polled Oakland voters last March, the city was at the apex of a robbery epidemic and coming off its worst year for murders since 2006. Political consultant Larry Tramutola wasn't surprised that the slight improvements on crime hadn't impacted Quan's approval rating.

"I think the public generally has a pretty good fix on the mayor," he said. "Either they like her or they don't and there is not much that is going to change that."

To see the polling results, go to http://bit.ly/1fnoSGh.

Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435