Founded in 1945, the Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored public policy advocacy organization active in the nine-county Bay area. The council bills it’s poll as a unique measure of residents’ attitudes towards topical and critical issues, such as housing and transportation.
Results of the housing component of the poll were released last week.
The poll of 1,000 residents was conducted between February 12th and March 9th by EMC Research, of Oakland, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Some 74 percent of respondents said that it was getting harder to find housing in the Bay area now compared to a year ago. That figure is up from 68 percent in last year’s survey.
Of Alameda County residents, some 21 percent of those surveyed, 78 percent said it was getting harder to find housing.
Not broken out in the documents published in the council’s media releases, but obtained separately by Action Alameda News, is a breakdown of housing expense by homeowners and renters.
The poll suggests that when considering the percentage of household income spent on housing, owning a home is a better deal. Among homeowners, 38 percent said they spent 20 percent or less of their household income on housing, and 32 percent said they spend from 25 percent to 35 percent on housing.
Among renters, 32 percent said they spent 25 percent to 35 percent of their income on housing, and 26 percent said they spent 45 percent to 55 percent on housing.
In the transportation poll, 20 percent of respondents said it was much harder to get around compared to a year ago, with over half of Alameda County participants saying it is harder.
BART usage among those surveyed was 15 percent, compared to 79 percent for solo drivers, 41 percent who said they walk, and 17 percent who said they take a bus or light rail.
The solo auto commute is popular even among millennials, those in the 18 to 33 years old range, with 53 percent of those surveyed saying this was their primary mode of transportation. Among Gen Xers (34 to 49), 72 percent said this was their primary mode, and 78 percent of baby boomers (50 to 64) said they normally drove to work alone.
The full presentation on the housing survey results is included below.