As Albuquerque goes into the 2017 mayoral race, it’s clear from the latest Carroll Poll by Carroll Strategies Polling, that crime and the economy are front and center
In fact, many are so pessimistic about the economy, they fear their children or grandchildren will have to leave the city to find a job. Of respondents to the poll, 58.1 percent said they think their kids or grandkids will have to move to find quality employment. Only 15 percent said they expect their kids or grandkids to find jobs in Albuquerque.
The city’s biggest fear is according to the last Carroll Poll, done during the week of Feb 27, 2017, showed that 81.7 percent of Albuquerqueans believe that the crime is getting worse in the city, and 54 percent believe that the economy is not on the right track.
The results of the Carroll Poll, which included 853 respondents from Albuquerque, were broadcast by our partners at KOB TV on Friday night and Sunday night.
When it comes to issues in the upcoming mayoral race, which will be decided in nine months, 49.8 percent of respondents said that a safer community was their number one issue. Improving the economy came in second, with 21.6 percent, followed by improving education with 20.0 percent.
A whopping 81.7 percent of respondents to the Carroll Poll said that crime is getting better, with just 1.3 percent saying crime is getting better.
“I think they feel there is a potential cancer out there and that it is growing, and that is the crime issue,” Carroll Strategies President Tom Carroll told KOB. “They want to feel safe in their home.”
When it comes to the economy, most respondents said that don’t have confidence in the city’s future, with 54 percent saying the economy is not going well, with only 18 percent saying it is going well.
“The people who have children or grandchildren believe, four-to-one, that those children have to go somewhere else for a job and a career. We’re going to have to give them jobs and opportunities,” Carroll told KOB.