New poll: Majority of San Francisco voters support tech shuttles

A new poll conducted by the Bay Area Council found 57 percent of San Franciscans have a favorable view of tech commuter buses.
March 25, 2014 12:15:07 PM PDT
A new poll reveals something that may surprise you about those controversial shuttle buses which carry employees from San Francisco to Silicon Valley. The survey reveals the protesters don't reflect the feelings of most San Franciscans.

The Bay Area Council paid for the poll and members told ABC7 News they were surprised by the results.

We have all seen the protests that have happened around these shuttle buses. Protesters have said they're angry about the buses using Muni bus stops and about the fact that the increase of tech workers has created a housing crisis in the city.

The Bay Area Council wanted to find out if the majority of the city had these negative feelings toward tech and say they found the opposite. But they say people do want some regulation.

The survey revealed that at least 57 percent of people have a favorable view of the shuttles and 67 percent support letting the buses use some Muni stops. However, 72 percent do want the city to recover the cost of using those stops. They would like them to charge those companies.

Bay Area council did outsource the polling to EMC research, so they do feel the results are unbiased.

"We're very comfortable that the results are extremely credible. We surveyed 500 likely San Francisco voters representing the demographic breakdown of the city and actually the representation among folks who self affiliate themselves with the tech industry was really small," Bay Area Council spokesperson Rufus Jeffris said.

They did not ask the people being polled about housing. The Bay Area Council calls that a complicated issue and says it's a generation of failed policy.


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