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Phil Matier: Poll Shows Low Approval Rating For Oakland Mayor Quan

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan delivers the State of the City address at City Hall on February 8, 2012. (CBS)

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan delivers the State of the City address at City Hall on February 8, 2012. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A new poll finds that three out of four Oakland voters think Mayor Jean Quan is doing a poor or only fair job. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they want her to be recalled.

They’re not exactly enamored with the mayor, but they don’t see anyone else that they like much better. But the poll also reveals nine out of 10 Oakland voters polled put crime at the top of their priority list. Last week the mayor discussed crime in the foothills and her 100-block plan.

East Bay Political Consultant Larry Tramutola conducted the poll to gauge the feelings of the city by asking various questions on performance. He worked with Mayor Quan on her bid for City Council.

KCBS, CBS 5, and SF Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Reports:

73 percent said they’re still not happy with the Mayor for how she dealt with the Occupy protesters. But I suspect from past polls, that if you probe that, it would be split three ways between those that think she didn’t do enough, those that thought she did too much and those that are split that said it didn’t work out anyway.

The poll also asked about ranked-choice voting. It found that more than half the people said they want to get rid of it and go back to the old runoff system. But it doesn’t look like City Hall will be responding to that.

It should be interesting with buzz around May Day protests, spring is coming back Occupy may be blooming again and Mayor Quan is likely to face another round of challenges on crime and labor contracts and pensions.

Like her or not, Mayor Quan is here for a while.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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