Our latest Santa Monica Pulse poll was released after yet another hit and run took place in the city. When asked if they believed the City Council needs to take action to increase pedestrian safety following this latest tragedy, about three quarters (74 percent) of respondents said “yes.” Only 16 percent said “no” and another nine percent said “not sure.”
When it comes to the City Council, we also asked if people approved or disapproved of a recent policy that bars the “wife, husband, registered domestic partner, son, daughter, mother, father, brother or sister” of a Councilmember from serving on a board, commission or task force. 67 percent approved of the policy, while 14 percent disapproved. Another 18 percent were unsure.
At the state-level, we asked residents if they approved of Governor Newsom’s mandate that requires schoolchildren to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Although our previous polling questions regarding vaccine mandates have resulted in about a 50/50 split between those who approve and disapprove, answers were a little different this time around. It turns out 63 percent of respondents disapproved of vaccine requirements for children, while 31 percent approved.
We also asked a question regarding hotel worker union Unite Here Local 11. The union has been working to block the Olympic and Paralympic games from being held in Los Angeles unless its demands are met first—mainly, a demand for guaranteed unionized hotel jobs. When asked if they agreed or disagreed with the union’s attempt to block the Olympics in LA, more than half (53 percent) disagreed. Another 21 percent agreed and about a quarter were unsure.