Escambia County Pensacola

Survey: Pensacola voters gave Superintendent Thomas and School Board much lower ratings

September 6, 2017

The Pensacola Young Professionals’ Quality Life Survey revealed a significant drop in job performance ratings for School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and the Escambia County School Board among Pensacola voters. The percentage of city voters that gave Thomas an excellent or good rating for job performance dropped 32 percentage points. Only 44.3 percent of the city voters were positive about his job performance.

Overall, Thomas had 51.7 percent positive rating (down 8.9 points from last year). His outside of the city limits positive rating was 53.9 percent (down 2.4 points).

The Escambia County School Board also did poorly with the city voters – dropping to a 27.4 percent positive job performance rating.  Less than one third of city voters believed the School Board was doing an excellent or good job.

Like Thomas, the School Board did better outside of the city,  improving to a 42.6 positive rating. Overall, 39 percent gave the School Board an excellent or positive rating.

 

Job Performance
Malcolm Thomas   Positive     Negative
Overall  Excellent Good E+G Just Fair Poor JF+P
2017 18.2 33.5 51.7 25.1 16 41.1
2016 16.3 44.3 60.6 19.5 13.5 33
1.9 -10.8 -8.9 5.6 2.5 8.1
City Residents
2017 13.7 30.6 44.3 28.4 23 51.4
2016 14.2 62.1 76.3 19.5 2.4 21.9
-0.5 -31.5 -32 8.9 20.6 29.5
Outside City
2017 19.6 34.3 53.9 24.1 13.9 38
2016 16.8 39.5 56.3 19.5 16.5 36
2.8 -5.2 -2.4 4.6 -2.6 2
Job Performance          
School Board   Positive     Negative
Overall  Excellent Good E+G Just Fair Poor JF+P
2017 7.2 31.8 39 32.1 17.1 49.2
2016 5.8 39 44.8 33.4 13.5 46.9
1.4 -7.2 -5.8 -1.3 3.6 2.3
City Residents
2017 5.5 21.9 27.4 37.7 25.1 62.8
2016 5.9 55 60.9 32.5 6.5 39
-0.4 -33.1 -33.5 5.2 18.6 23.8
Outside City
2017 7.8 34.8 42.6 30.4 14.7 45.1
2016 5.7 34.7 40.4 33.6 15.4 49
2.1 0.1 2.2 -3.2 -0.7 -3.9

City of Pensacola had positive increases for the job performances of Mayor Ashton Hayward  (up 18.7 points) and Pensacola City Council (up 7.1 points). However, only a third believed the Council was doing an excellent or good job.

For Mayor Hayward, more voters outside of the city (54.6 percent) believed he was doing an excellent or good than those who live inside the city limits (45.9 percent). For the Council, the percentages were nearly the same – City: 35.5 percent; O/S City: 33.4 percent.

Job Performance          
Mayor Positive Negative
Overall Excellent Good E+G Just Fair Poor JF+P
2017 11.9 40.7 52.6 28.1 10.6 38.7
2016 6.4 27.5 33.9 29.1 22.8 51.9
5.5 13.2 18.7 -1 -12.2 -13.2
City Residents
2017 9.8 36.1 45.9 32.8 16.9 49.7
2016 11.8 23.7 35.5 34.9 23.1 58
-2 12.4 10.4 -2.1 -6.2 -8.3
Outside City
2017 12.5 42.1 54.6 30.2 8.6 38.8
2016 4.9 28.5 33.4 27.6 22.7 50.3
7.6 13.6 21.2 2.6 -14.1 -11.5
Job Performance          
Pensacola City Council Positive Negative
Overall Excellent Good E+G Just Fair Poor JF+P
2017 0.6 33.3 33.9 40.3 11.5 51.8
2016 1.9 24.9 26.8 44.4 15.8 60.2
-1.3 8.4 7.1 -4.1 -4.3 -8.4
City Residents
2017 1.2 35 35.5 36.1 24 60.1
2016 1.2 40.2 41.4 43.1 17.4 60.5
0 -5.2 -5.9 -7 6.6 -0.4
Outside City
2017 0.6 32.8 33.4 41.1 14 55.1
2016 2.1 20.8 22.9 43.1 17.4 60.5
-1.5 12 10.5 -2 -3.4 -5.4

The Escambia County Commission saw its job performance rating drop 3.2 points, which is within the polls margin of error (+/- 3.5 points). The majority of city and county voters believed the Commission was doing just a fair or poor job – Overall: 57.4;  City: 53.5; O/S City: 58.6

Job Performance          
County Commission Positive Negative
Overall Excellent Good E+G Just Fair Poor JF+P
2017 4 34.6 38.6 45.2 12.2 57.4
2016 1.4 40.4 41.8 39.1 16.5 55.6
2.6 -5.8 -3.2 6.1 -4.3 1.8
City Residents
2017 4.4 36.6 41 34.4 19.1 53.5
2016 0.6 45 45.6 48.5 5.9 54.4
3.8 -8.4 -4.6 -14.1 13.2 -0.9
Outside City
2017 3.9 34 37.9 48.4 10.2 58.6
2016 1.6 39.1 40.7 39.1 16.5 55.6
2.3 -5.1 -2.8 9.3 -6.3 3

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