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Poll: Three In Four San Diegans Want Filner To Resign

More than three in four San Diegans want Mayor Bob Filner to resign over allegations of sexual harassment and other alleged improprieties in office, according to a poll released today.

Mayor Bob Filner tells reporters he will enter a behavioral counseling clinic, July 26, 2013.

In the survey of 600 adults taken between Friday and today, 77 percent said they wanted Filner to step down. A greater percentage of men wanted the mayor out of office: 79 percent, compared to 76 percent of women.

The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of U-T San Diego and 10News, found that the parties were nearly even in their desire to see Filner leave: 79 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats.

The widest gap in the findings was between younger and older adults. Of those ages 18-34, 69 percent want Filner to resign. The rate of those supporting resignation steadily increases through age ranges to a high of 86 percent among those 65 years of age and older.

The survey also found that 68 percent of San Diegans favor a recall if the mayor refuses to step down.

San Diegans were split on the question of whether allegations of sexual harassment or accusations of financial shakedowns of developers were more serious, with each receiving 44 percent.

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

Also, 71 percent favored the City Council's action to sue the mayor for any monetary damages that might be incurred in the future. One employee has already sued Filner and the city.

The survey was released on the day Filner was set to begin two weeks of behavioral therapy at an undisclosed location. So far, 10 women have publicly accused him of unwanted sexual advances, forced kissing and groping.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | August 5, 2013 at 12:26 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

and the other ones want him tarred and feathered ?

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MarineRoom | August 5, 2013 at 12:46 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

I recall the poll that the UT ran during the last election, showing Filner losing by about the same number of points he was actually ahead. And 10News? Enough said.

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PasDep | August 5, 2013 at 1:03 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Filner has been doing this for a long time .. it was wrong then and wrong now ... but why did it break 8 months after the election? The election was close and this scandal certainly would have tipped it to DeMaio if it had come out in September or October. My dark suspicion: the business interests in town ( i.e. Manchester, Spanos, Lynch ) did not like DeMaio and decided to take this approach to getting their guy, whomever that may be, into the mayor's office.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 5, 2013 at 2:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Does the poll only include CITY residents as opposed to anyone in the COUNTY?

Also, I am assuming a recall effort will only validate signatures from people who live in the CITY of San Diego, not neighboring cities like National City, El Cajon, La Mesa, Vista, etc.?

The reason I ask is because the UT used to have online polls on city matters for their "readers".

Being the notoriously right-leaning "news" agency they are, many of their readers are older, conservative, and live in more conservative areas like El Cajon and Escondido.

It would make their polls look way more conservative than the actual voting population.

I'm not saying there is a right/left divide on this particular issue since many progressives (myself included) want Filner to resign, but I do think it's important to have an idea of whether or not a recall effort has a good chance of being successful using a sample of people who can actually vote in said recall election.

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DonWood | August 5, 2013 at 2:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

The Republican party has adopted a strategy across the country of staging recalls against democratic office holders whenever they can't win elections in a straightforward manner. San Diego is seeing that strategy being played out here like it is in other parts of the country.

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domke | August 5, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow! Some of you give way too much credit to republicans, business, developers, and the UT to cook this up. Go read the OB Rag and camp yourselves in the conspiracy classroom if you need to soothe your souls. Believing in this kind of oppositional scheme only encourages Filner's remaining strategists and advisors to think they have a line on being the "little guy" in some fantasy world. Regardless of his progressive credentials and history as a freedom rider, it's time to move on. Filner is beyond saving now. It's ridiculous to encourage and enable this tragic ride into the sunset.

"Re-examine all that you have been told . . . dismiss that which insults your soul" - Whitman

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strata66 | August 5, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

I think there will be a hell-of-a-time getting 103,000 signatures. 600 participants who took the time to respond certainly is not encouraging at all for a recall of this magnitude. There should be 6000 at least by now. Go to the Chargers games for signatures? Those fans are all from the suburbs, not the city. Padres also. The only other avenue is a grand jury indictment, which will not happen. I say be prepared for 3.2 more years of Bob Filner. Give those women their payoff and an apology and lets move on. Bob is the best we have, he's really a lovable guy and he's good for San Diego...

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simonthegreat | August 6, 2013 at 12:49 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

I want to meet the one in four' wives or daughters. Lets have an interview with them.

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Missionaccomplished | August 6, 2013 at 8:54 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

PAS DEP, good points, but you forget the UT was unabashedly pro De Mayo

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Missionaccomplished | August 6, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

DUCKSTER, you're pigeon-holing is truly amazing and very typical of prejudicial post New left Liberals such as yourself. Are you insinuating that people live where they live because of political affiliations??? El Cajon has a large Mexican-American & Iraqi population, are you saying they are all rightwing? And what about Escondido? Also large minority Latino. I have a friend there, though, white anglo saxon and left wing/

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Abe A | August 6, 2013 at 11:03 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

MISSION, saying El Cajon is a conservative area is not the same thing as saying every person in El Cajon is a conservative. All you have to do is see who our Congressman is to know that El Cajon is conservative. Believe me, I vote against him every two years, but he is overwhelmingly re-elected every time.

I don't know Escondido, but with all of the stories of immigrant harassment, I would say that's probably not a stretch either to call it conservative.

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David Lucero | August 6, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Pas Dep has a good point, but seeing how Filner's own camp and employees are the ones to first come forward I don't think this is a sabotage effort by the opposite party. It looks to me like the women working close with him reached the breaking point and found the need to come forward. This encouraged others who wanted to, but never did. Strength develops when people are united, and that's what it took. I admit, Filner's arguing with the DA and his disagreements with the hoteliers would have provided a great underlying reason for them to sandbag Filner. But the person suing him was a former supporter and employee.

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Missionaccomplished | August 6, 2013 at 11:31 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Abe I think his District icludes more than El Cajon: Lakeside, Alpine, etc.

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MarineRoom | August 7, 2013 at 12:32 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Mission and Abe:

Also, I think Peking was making the point about a poll in regard to the city of San Diego being skewed if it includes communities that are not in San Diego. Not only skewed, but somewhat irrelevant: does Escondido care whether I think they have a good mayor, when I don't live there?

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