Poll: New DC mayor hits potholes
March 23rd, 2011
11:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: New DC mayor hits potholes

Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that controversies surrounding the District of Columbia's new mayor are taking a toll in the eyes of voters.

Only 31 percent of registered voters in the nation's capital say they approve of the job new Mayor Vincent Gray is doing in office, with four in ten saying they disapprove and 29 percent unsure.

"Mayor Gray is off to a rocky start in the eyes of many voters. Recent controversies have clearly taken a toll on the new mayor's public standing," says Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus Research Group, a nonpartisan survey firm based in Washington, D.C. "Perceptions of the mayor's ethical standards and his handling of city job appointments are dragging him down."

Gray defeated Mayor Adrian Fenty in last summer's Democratic primary, and then easily won the November election in a city where Democrats dominate political contests. Gray beat Fenty by highlighting the mayor's negatives and calling for change.

"The problem Gray now faces is that his early months as mayor have defined him more negatively than positively. He needs to turn that around quickly, and he can only do that with action and results," adds Faucheux.

The Clarus poll was conducted March 21-22, with 500 D.C. registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percent.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Veteran(DC)

    The mistake Gray made was putting to much trust in and delegating to much authority to some of the people around him,those of whom are and have cause the present situtation however, I beleive he learned his lesson and will withstand the current haters attack and be an excellent Mayor.

    March 23, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    This should clearly point out, that "change" is not necessarily positive.

    March 23, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. gt

    d c is a mess.. the schoolc stink... they get a good superindent and they fire her... crime is rampant... to many residence with there hand out.. ask not what dc can do for you .. ask how you can help the nations capital...

    March 23, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. diridi

    instead, fix I-95, 495 loop....enough...o.k...DC represents world....always traffic....do something....

    March 23, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Yolanda

    Marion Barry set such a high standard........

    March 23, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |