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Reader Poll Gives Fenty 8-Point Lead

by Borderstan.com August 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm 2 Comments

In an unscientific online poll of 391 Borderstan readers, incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty bested challenger and Council Chairman Vincent Gray. Fenty got 48% of reader votes to 40% for Gray.

Readers could pick either frontrunner, declare themselves Undecided or vote to “Bring back Anthony Williams,” DC mayor from 1999 to 2007. We included Williams in the poll just to see what kind of support her might garner; he has endorsed Fenty.

The results:

  • Adrian Fenty: 48%
  • Vincent Gray: 40%
  • Anthony Williams: 9%
  • Undecided: 3%

Who will those 9% who picked Williams vote for on September 14? My guess is that the bulk will vote for Fenty, but that’s just a guess. Moreover, an 8-point Fenty lead in this part of the city (assuming most of the voters live in Dupont-Logan-U Street) should give the Fenty campaign plenty to worry about.

Another interesting facet of the reader poll numbers was the difference in the number of voters who said they were “strongly” for or “leaning” toward each candidate. Gray’s supporters were more locked in to their candidate. Of Gray’s 40%, a total of 32% said they were “strongly” for him and 8% said they were “leaning” toward voting for him. Fenty’s numbers were a bit weaker: 31% of voters said they were “strongly” for Fenty and another 17% said they were “leaning” toward supporting him.

Remember that DC has “closed” primaries. To vote in the Democratic, Republican or Statehood Green Primary, you must be a registered member of that party.

Comments (2)

  1. I tried in vain to access this poll after July 21 and could NOT, therefore I thought that the poll was closed/over and now 10 days later a winner is announced and “SURPRISE, SURPRISE” it is Mr. Fenty…what kind of shenanogans are going on here…I clicked on to try to find this poll for about a week and then counted it a wrap/closed with the following results.

    Thank GOD it is NOT a true poll, but it is a precursor to they type of flim/flam I can expect on election day! Thanks for the WARNING, although I know it was not your intent to be outed this way.

    Borderstan Poll of the Week!
    DC Democrats: Who’s your choice for mayor?
    Undecided (1%, 3 Votes)
    Leaning toward Gray (8%, 20 Votes)
    Bring back Anthony Williams (9%, 23 Votes)
    Leaning toward Fenty (12%, 31 Votes)
    Strongly for Fenty (29%, 77 Votes)
    Strongly for Gray (41%, 108 Votes)
    Total Voters: 262

  2. @LaCaiRaine: I don’t know why you had the experience you did with the poll. It was always open until Sunday night. We have not had any reports of similar problems, but regret you were unable to vote.

    Fenty led most of the time after the poll opened… then Gray led for several days (including the numbers above) and then Fenty retook the leader for the final days of the poll. Overall, the day-to-day results in the poll were remarkably consistent.

    Readers are blocked from voting more than once inn our polls with the use of tracking cookies (not infallible, to be sure). Borderstan.com is not endorsing anyone for mayor. You might want to read a piece we did on Vincent Gray that ran on July 6: Mayoral Race: Gray Meets Bloggers Over Burgers at http://www.borderstan.com/07/vincent-gray-meets-bloggers-what-did-he-say/

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