Saint Louis City – Saint Louis County Unification Survey, September 20123
Figure 1:Consider Support for Constitutional Amendment to Unify Saint Louis City andSaint Louis County
Statewide, high propensity voters, men, self-identified liberals, self-identified Democratsand college educated voters are notably more inclined than other voter groupings toconsider supporting a constitutional amendment to unify Saint Louis City and Saint LouisCounty. Because of the high overall number in the City of Saint Louis that says it wouldconsider supporting a unification constitutional amendment, variations in potentialsupport for a unification measure are smaller. St Louis County voters look more likevoters statewide rather than Saint Louis City voters.
Support For and Choice Between Unification Approaches
Immediately following the test of likely support for the concept of a constitutionalamendment to unify Saint Louis City and Saint Louis County, respondents were providedwith bullet point summaries of two different approaches to unification, the “FullUnification” approach and the “New Municipality” approach. The “Full Unification”approach is a more radical departure from current local government structures while the New Municipality” approach follows an existing model for municipal and countygovernment. The summaries for each unification approach are provided bellow:
Extend the boundaries of Saint Louis County to includethe territory of the City of Saint Louis;
Consolidate all government functions within Saint LouisCounty departments that are now exercised by Saint Louis Citysuch as the city jail system, health department, the Sheriff’sdepartment and the records recorder;
Eliminate municipal governments within Saint Louis