Poll: Generations disagree on Austin’s future

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — According to a recent poll, there is a distinct divide in the city when it comes to the future of Austin.

That divide is not along class, race, or gender lines, but rather age.

The Zandan poll surveyed more than 800 people and asked several questions about the Austin community. The majority of those ages 18-35 said they believe Austin is better off today than it was five years ago and would be even better in another five years.

However, the majority of those older than 35 said they believe the city is worse off and will continue to worsen.

There was little disagreement on the city’s most pressing issue. Of those surveyed, 80% say traffic is the number one problem, followed distantly by affordable housing and population growth.

When it comes to the blame game, most say city planners did not do a good enough job planning for the future growth. Mayor Lee Leffingwell agreed.

“I do think and I have said many times that we have, for years in this city and region, stuck our head in the sand and not planned ahead adequately for transportation,” said Leffingwell.

You can see the entire poll on the Zandan website.

KXAN wanted to know how much the city spent on the pole. The answer is nothing. The founder of the poll says he sponsored it as a “public service to Austin” in hopes it will give a better understanding of the key issues facing the city.

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