Poll: D.C. residents say mayor should resign
July 19th, 2012
07:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: D.C. residents say mayor should resign

(CNN) – Amid a recent scandal embroiling Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, a new poll released Wednesday night shows a majority of residents believe the mayor should resign.

Fifty-four percent say Gray should step down, while 37% disagree, and 9% have no opinion, according to the Washington Post survey.

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Three of Gray's former colleagues in the city council last week called for his resignation following a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign funding. Prosecutors say he did not properly report money raised during the cycle.

While Gray has said he would not resign, the poll shows that only three in 10 residents approve of the job he's doing in office and 22% say they view Gray as honest and trustworthy.

Gray has low support across many demographics, including shrinking support among his base, with 48% of African-Americans saying he should leave his position, according to the survey.

"The numbers suggest that Gray cannot rely on a deep well of support from any particular group as he fends off questions about the investigation and his continued tenure as mayor," the Washington Post stated in its analysis.

For the survey, the Washington Post interviewed by telephone 1,002 adults living in Washington, D.C. between July 15 and July 17. The sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He should. Period.
    $650,000 used in a "shadow campaign" and Gray's claim that he knew nothing about that. Really?
    Soulamaine Brown's (sp) allegations in court that he was hired by Brown with the promise of a job in his administration if he smeared then Mayor Fenty which Gray weakly has denied. Strike two.
    There's a lot of smoke. A LOT.
    Fenty was not the most personable mayor but that young man got things done in Washington DC, and done RIGHT.

    July 19, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  2. Anonymous

    I am not a DC resident. Are there any DC mayors that are honest? The past history is not good. What about the future?

    July 19, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    leave...now

    July 19, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. Marie MD

    I could never figure out how Fenty got beaten by this guy. Now the truth, as it always does, is coming out.

    July 19, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |