Thursday, August 13, 2015
SF STATE NEWS -- The Bay Area Research Initiative is a polling center run by Jason McDaniel and Marcela Garcia-Castañon, both assistant professors of Political Science at SF State. With the help of Political Science students, they began surveying Bay Area residents last fall. Internet surveys continued throughout the spring, and the initial results were released earlier this summer. The goal is to create a political research center focused specifically on the region at large — as opposed to other projects that either take a narrower look just at the city of San Francisco or a wider look at the state of California or nation — to learn how Bay Area residents feel about the issues most important to them. The project’s first survey results, centered around the issues of law enforcement, immigration and community investment, show that Bay Area residents are overwhelmingly in favor of instituting body cameras on police and law enforcement agents.