San Jose Power poll shows little support for Sheriff Smith, strong support for Covid restrictions

Government intervention to fight Covid-19 remains very popular among those polled in the latest San Jose Inside Power poll, but a majority of panelists believe the widespread availability of vaccines precludes the need for another wave of mandatory lockdowns .

On other Power Poll topics, about half of all respondents believe Sheriff Laurie Smith should resign or serve the remainder of her term and not be re-elected. Despite having been elected to her post six times previously, only 2% of those polled say they now support her expected candidacy for a seventh term following recent misconduct charges against her by a civilian grand jury .

Respondents broadly support additional state policies to help legal cannabis claim a greater share of the illegal pot market, including true statewide legalization and greater enforcement against illegal operators – but not necessarily tax relief.

Finally, survey respondents oppose the idea of ​​enacting laws to require landlords to give their tenants the first chance to buy their home in case they choose to put it on the market.

Here are the specific questions and answers to our survey:

question 1

In the month since the emergence of South Africa‘s omicron coronavirus variant, it has become the dominant US variant of Covid-19, with infection levels reaching new highs. The rates of cases in cities and among athletes, students and health workers demonstrate how alarmingly transmissible it is. How should governments think about this latest epidemic? (Select all of the responses you agree with, 1 being your highest priority.)

Government intervention helped the Bay Area stay relatively healthy – Score 4.4364

Vaccines and testing should be mandatory to participate in society – Score 3.7818

Mask warrants should stay in place and less effective cloth masks should be banned – Score 2.6727

Blockages made sense before we had vaccines, but not now – Score 2.4182

Anyone, except infants, can get the vaccine. Now we are alone – Score 1.0182

It’s time to accept that we are all going to catch Covid-19 – Score .9818

Time to ban public gatherings again – Rating 0.0736

question 2

Should employers require their employees to be vaccinated?

Yes – 80%

No – 15%

No opinion / I don’t care – 5%

question 3

The county’s civilian grand jury recently charged Sheriff Laurie Smith with seven corruption-related acts, including trading favors related to concealed weapons licenses and failing to cooperate with an investigation into an injured inmate that cost $ 10 million to the county. What do you think of the state’s first female sheriff?

Courts Should Quickly Review Grand Jury Charge

s vs. Smith – 45%

Smith is expected to resign – 24%

Smith expected to serve his sixth term but not seek a seventh term – 18%

I support his expected candidacy for a seventh term – 2%

No opinion / I don’t care – 11%

Question 4

A coalition of cannabis executives recently warned that “California’s legal industry is collapsing” due to excessive taxation and ongoing bans on recreational sales in most cities. As a result, illegal and untested marijuana still thrives. What should the state do? (Select all of the responses you agree with, 1 being your highest priority.)

State policies must develop the legal market and deter illegal weeds – Score 3,6909

Sales should be legal statewide – Score 2.8909

Cannabis is overtaxed in California. – Note 1,8182

State should crack down on illegal sales – Score 1,7273

We can’t just give tax breaks every time an industry complains – Score 1.7091

The state should find a way to make legal weed cheaper than illegal stuff. – Note 1.3091

Localities should retain the right to set their own policies – Score 1.2909

The pot should be heavily taxed, to compensate for its ill effects – Score .8182

Question 5

Cities in the Bay Area, including San Jose and Oakland, are considering ordinances designed to prioritize tenants, towns and housing groups when homes go on sale. The proposals differ, but would generally require homeowners to notify these groups if they wish to sell their home. Homeowners could still wait for whatever price they want, but should give those buyers priority over other bidders.

It will definitely cost homeowners money and house sales will take months – 54%

Seems like a reasonable way to help reduce gentrification – 39%

No opinion / doesn’t care – 7%

Analysis of questions 1 and 2

In the short five months of the San Jose Inside Power Poll, panelists overwhelmingly supported government action designed to make us all safer. So the broad lack of support for a new wave of lockdowns amid the surge in Omicron variant infections represents an apparent radical shift in our attitudes toward the pandemic.

Some 55% of those polled agreed with the proposition that blockages made sense before we had vaccines, but not now. And this is the case even though respondents continued to support other government actions, with 80 percent supporting employers’ vaccine mandates, 80 percent also agreeing that vaccines and testing should be required to “participate in”. society ”, and 63 percent agreeing that mask warrants should remain in place but that cloth masks should be banned.

Analysis of question 3

While nearly half of the panelists who voiced an opinion on Sheriff Laurie Smith do not appear to have prejudged her and would like the courts to quickly review the charges against her, that may not be a good thing for she that only one in 50 respondents support her in her search for a seventh term. If the sheriff engages in a political poll of the general electorate and tells them something similar, it may well be that Smith’s “expected” reelection candidacy is not quite as expected.

Analysis of question 4

It’s surprising that support for making things easier on legal cannabis operations was considerably stronger in our San Jose poll than in this month’s concurrent Oakland Power poll. Panelists would like to see the state do what it can to help legal weed triumph over outlaw stuff. Topping the list of potential voters’ solutions, opening up the rest of the state to legal sales, which would clearly eliminate some of the illegal weed in about two-thirds of California cities that don’t. still do not allow. its legal sale.

However, the idea that cannabis is overtaxed in California was only slightly more popular than resistance to offering tax breaks to an industry just because they demand them. Sure, many industries are asking for tax breaks, but few are as blatantly troubled as California’s legal cannabis dealers, who face complex regulations, an untouched network of illegal competitors free to ignore those regulations, and a glut of well-funded competitors.

Analysis of question 5

Some 58% of respondents with an opinion oppose the idea of ​​prioritizing tenants, towns and housing groups when homes are listed for sale. Considering the renter-to-owner ratio, it seems reasonable to say that a majority of owners and even quite a few tenants oppose the idea.

San Jose Inside Power Poll is not a scientific poll. Rather, we ask questions of influential people with a wide range of perspectives to help advance an informed dialogue about the city. Power Poll is carefully non-partisan.