Poll reveals frustration about Seattle leaders can no longer ignore

By a decisive margin, residents of Seattle continue to view the city’s leadership as failing to address public safety and homelessness, according to new polling numbers to be unveiled on Monday. City leaders directly responsible for the rot of voter mistrust, especially the long-time incumbent, must respond to widespread calls to do better with decisive, course-correcting action.

In its second round, a citywide survey sponsored by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce interviewed 100 registered voters in each of Seattle’s seven council districts. The results are clear: About 73% of residents said their neighborhoods are less safe than they were two years ago. Two-thirds of voters said they considered leaving the city. Nearly three-quarters say they do not feel safe going to the city at night. In each piece of survey respondents – by age, party or city class – more than 60% of each group did not trust the way the city spent money.

These findings should be a blow of cold water to any political leader who is still under the illusion that the city’s downfall has escaped the wrath of voters. Polls provide evidence that people between Interstate 5 and . Not looking away from the tents built continuously under in woodland park, Little Saigon fixtures Seven Stars Pepper Szechwan restaurant closings or drug-centric chaos plaguing the city’s grim streets. When city bus drivers report that passengers’ smoke is disturbingly familiar with the smell of intoxicants – described by King County subway driver Eric Christensen as “burnt peanut butter, mixed with brake fluid” – what red Should the flag be any bigger?

This survey adds to the hard data that corroborates these distress signals. Its findings reflect a worsening trend from a similar August survey. Now, public safety is the biggest disappointment of 46% of voters, up from 29%.

Poll results prove that November’s election of the city’s candidates, who called for public safety failures, was no fluke.

His first 100 days in office are ending this week. The early signs have been encouraging. Mayor Bruce Harrell and City Attorney Ann Davison announced on March 4 that arrests and trials in high crime areas would be intensified. In February, council member Sarah Nelson invited small-business leaders to bear witness Regarding their challenges, there is a refreshing indicator that at least some people at City Hall understand the discomfort the city is facing.

But all efforts are required to turn a city around. Leaders who are not trying hard enough should not be given license to draft behind the progress generated by some hard charger. With all seven district council seats on the 2023 ballot and the county prosecutor position this year, voters should pay attention to the city’s direction and ask whether the decisions coming from these offices are setting Seattle on the right track, Or taking your signals from the wrong sources.

For example, less than two years ago, a council majority disregarded the navigation team, which used police and other city staff to clear cantons on the streets. But 86% of poll participants supported clearing them, along with outreach to help people get shelter and services. Even 55% of the dozens of self-identified socialists said the “stop all sweeps” idea is wrong, despite being persistent. advocacy For that reason by council member Kshama Sawant. She was among three district council representatives, along with Lisa Herbold and Tammy Morales, who voted to disband the navigation team in August 2020 and will appear on the 2023 ballot. Everyone should be held accountable.

The council’s past missteps may still turn out to be lessons learned. It should begin by using the frustration manifested by voting to guide reactive decision-making that screams for help to the electorate.

“They don’t want to criminalize poverty,” Harrell said in an interview after learning the survey’s findings, “but they also want a sense of urgency.”

When so many people are disappointed, leaders should step in or get out of the way.

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