August 30th, 2010
09:18 AM ET
12 years ago

DC Mayor trails in poll as early voting begins

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" A new poll shows Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty trailing his Democratic challenger by 13 points."]Washington (CNN) - Early voting begins Monday in the District of Columbia, 15 days before the crucial primaries.

The start of early voting comes one day after a new Washington Post poll indicates Mayor Adrian Fenty trails his Democratic challenger, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, by double digits. Since Democrats dominate elections in the city, the winner of the Democratic primary will be considered the overwhelming favorite in the November general election.

According to the survey, Gray leads Fenty 49 to 36 percent among registered Democratic voters. But his lead swells to 53 to 36 percent among those likely to cast ballots in the Democratic primary.

The poll indicates that most Democrats polled give the mayor credit for his accomplishments during his term in office and say he brought needed change to the city. But voters are split on whether Fenty, who's running for a second term, is willing to listen to different points of view and whether he understands the problems of people like them. And by a 13-point margin, a plurality say the mayor's not honest and trustworthy.

A majority of African-Americans, who make up the majority of the district's Democratic voters, are critical to Fenty, according to the poll. Sixty-four percent of African-American registered Democrats say they are supporting Gray, with less than one in five backing Fenty. On the other hand, Fenty has a 64 to 28 percent advantage among whites.

Gray, who jumped into the race in late March, says he's better equipped to handle the city's racial and class divides. Following the release of the poll, Fenty told reporters that it's time the media takes a closer look at Gray, whom he accuses of ethical lapses.

Early voting runs through Monday, September 13, with the primary one day later.

The Washington Post poll was conducted August 19-26, with 780 registered Democrats questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points for registered voters and plus or minus five percentage points for likely voters.

Filed under: 2010 • Adrian Fenty • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Good may he voted out.

    August 30, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. doug

    Fenty should release a tv spot with him hitting a crack pipe. History shows that when a politician smokes crack the people of DC truly identify with that person and give that crack-head their full support.

    DC is another blue area where even if Osama Bin Laden had a D next to his name he could win any election there.

    Go drive around DC, you will see the way most Democrats act and how they have a total disgrard for the lives of their fellow Americans.

    August 30, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "And by a 13-point margin, a plurality say the mayor's not honest and trustworthy."

    This isn't really a newsworthy observation–what would be a surprise would be is anyone thought any politician–except Ron Paul–is "honest and trustworthy."

    August 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Fire All Incumbents!
    On all levels of Government, I know everyone knows these federal and state fake representatives are crooks, but not my representative. Well I have news for you if your representative has been in and your taxes are going up, your state fees are going up and they were part of problem too.
    I do not care if you were the dog catcher if you are an incumbent welcome to the unemployment line with the rest of us.

    August 30, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Brett

    Only met the man once...priot to a press conference on a Police AHOD he pulled up with his assistant in his Escalade, got out talked with some people...went around the block...the cameras started to roll and he comes back around the block pulling up in a SMART Car. You only get once to make a first impression and it was a poor one.

    August 30, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. KatieDid

    Oh come on people, he's one of those lizard people from outer space. Can't you tell by his protruding veins in his head?


    August 30, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |