Residents troubled by cost of living in new poll from SF Chamber of Commerce 

The cost of living in San Francisco remains one of the greatest concerns for residents, particularly when it comes to renting a home in The City, a new poll has revealed.

The annual Chamber of Commerce poll set to be released today shows that 43 percent of respondents — more than twice as many as last year's 21 percent — listed the affordability of renting as a major issue in The City.

Additionally, 70 percent of the 600 San Francisco voters polled between Feb. 3 and Feb. 8 said the availability of housing has gotten worse over the past few years, the highest percentage at least since 2007.

However, the cost of owning a home became less of a chief concern, with 28 percent citing home ownership as a major issue this year compared to 34 percent in 2014.

"People are reasonably satisfied with the quality of life in The City, and in their neighborhoods. They are satisfied with the pace of economic growth," said Jim Lazarus, the chamber's senior vice president of public policy.

But, Lazarus added, residents "are dissatisfied with housing options that are available. The City has done a good job in the last few years in moving housing projects forward, but we have to do better, both on the affordability and total numbers."

Lazarus noted that 70 percent of survey respondents showed support for a $250 million general-obligation housing bond that The City is considering placing on the November ballot.

There is also strong support — 70 percent — for funding to increase emergency shelter access for The City's more than 4,000 homeless residents, as well as for additional enforcement of a policy prohibiting overnight sleeping on sidewalks and in parks.

Poll respondents also said Muni service, public education and the local economy are improving, but listed crime, traffic congestion, homelessness, parking and housing availability as among the declining issues in The City.

The poll was conducted by cellphone and landline by David Binder Research with a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

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