Austin, Texas - By a 60/40 margin, Austin voters are concerned about the City of Austin's failure to reach a new contract with the Austin Police Association, according to a poll commissioned by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT.
The previous contract expired in December of last year, and the failure to reach a new contract agreement has led to a sharp increase in police retirement rates. Democrats and Republicans agree, at almost the same rate, that approving a new police contract should be a priority for the Austin City Council.
Over 2/3 of Austinites reported feeling safe in the city, and police approval rates are highest among those who feel safe in the city.
Mayor Steve Adler did not fare as well, with only 14% of voters willing to give him the highest performance rating. Almost half of voters were confused by Mayor Adler's CodeNext initiative, and only 13% believe the CodeNext initiative will improve the quality of life in Austin.
“The citizens who will vote in the next municipal election want a police contract,” Todd Harrison, CLEAT President said.
Harrison, a veteran Austin Police Sergeant, says the poll indicates the voters want strong, decisive leadership on key issues.
“With 14% strong support, it’s clear the voters hold Mayor Steve Adler responsible for the city’s misplaced priorities and lack of leadership,” he said.
The poll was conducted with live calls to a balanced random sample of Austin voters between April 3-5. The poll had 886 responses, and a 3.2% margin of error. The poll was conducted by veteran Austin pollster Leland Beatty.
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Poll Reveals Voter's Strong Support for Austin Police Contract