Majority of Orange, San Diego county voters support rent control, poll says – Orange County Register

Fifty-five percent of Orange and San Diego county voters support rent control to help middle- and lower-income people remain in their communities, according to a recent UC Berkeley online poll of registered voters released this week.

Statewide, 60 percent of voters responding to the poll support rent control.

Drummer Moises Vazquez, center, and Luis Sarmiento, at right, lead a march through the streets of Santa Ana, part of the National Renter Rights Week of Action, in Santa Ana, CA on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

In Los Angeles County — home to four cities with rent control laws — 68 percent of poll respondents support limits on how much landlords can raise rents. Fifty-nine percent of voters support such a measure in the remaining Southern California counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Imperial.

The findings were contained in the UC Berkeley Institute for Government Studies poll released Tuesday. YouGov, an internet market research firm, surveyed 1,200 registered voters across the state from Aug. 27 through Sept. 5. The survey has a 4 percent margin of error.

Other results released Monday showed 51 percent of respondents said they support a $4 billion housing bond measure going on the statewide ballot in November 2018. Additionally, 48 percent said they view their local housing affordability problem as “extremely serious” and 36 percent view it as “somewhat serious.”

“The seriousness with which voters view the problem of housing affordability is also demonstrated when Californians are asked their opinions about rent control,” the UC Berkeley institute said.

Support for rent control was strongest among Democrats and among renters.

  • 76 percent of Democratic respondents said they support rent control, compared with 35 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of those with no political party preference.
  • 65 percent of renters said they support rent control as well
  • 55 percent of homeowners polled said they support rent control.

No local jurisdictions in Orange County have rent control for apartments. A handful of local cities have some version of rent control at mobile home parks.

The Apartment Association of Orange County long has made fighting rent control a legislative priority, although a coalition of community groups rallied on the Santa Ana City Hall steps Tuesday afternoon calling for the city to pass rent control, among other…

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