D.C. Residents Unhappy With Mayor's Affordable Housing Efforts, Support More Development
As Mayor Muriel Bowser continues her push to create more affordable housing, a new poll shows D.C. residents are not satisfied with the job she is doing, and they support the District pushing for more development.
A Washington Post poll published Thursday found 37% of D.C. residents think Bowser is doing a good job on creating and maintaining affordable housing, while 55% believe she is not doing a good job. Despite this issue, Bowser still had a 67% approval rating and held a 23% lead over Council member Vincent Gray in a hypothetical mayoral primary race.
Of the potential causes given for the shortage of affordable housing, most residents blamed it on high-income people moving into the District and pushing up housing prices.
Despite neighbors often loudly opposing developments, the poll showed 67% of D.C. residents support the city's effort to redevelop parts of the city to attract new businesses and residents, with 28% opposed.
After WMATA completed its yearlong Safetrack program to improve Metro, the poll found 52% of residents have a negative view of the subway system, while 44% have a positive view. The poll found residents strongly opposed to increasing fares and reducing frequency of Metro service, policies which went into effect this month. Residents supported a sales tax to directly fund Metro by a margin of 53% to 43%.