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Palm Springs gets solid marks from its residents

Fifty five percent of all Palm Springs residents believe their city is moving in a positive direction, compared to 32 percent who believe their hometown is “on the wrong track,” a survey has found.

The study also reported that approximately two-thirds of all Palm Springs residents want the city to spend more money on public safety, and that a majority of residents believe more should be spent on all public services.

The survey, the results of which were posted Wednesday on the city’s website, was conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, a public-policy research firm in Los Angeles.

Seven hundred and thirty seven registered voters deemed likely to vote in November’s municipal election were surveyed between July 29 and July 23. The survey’s margin of error is 3.6 percent.

The data was rounded off, so not all of the results added up to 100 percent.

A majority of respondents gave the city credit for properly spending the revenue generated by Measure J, the one percent sales tax increase that Palm Springs residents approved in 2011 to maintain public services and help pay for reviving downtown.

Included with the survey results were questions regarding sales tax and marijuana tax initiatives that are slated to appear on the local ballot this fall.

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