Preview: WAMU 88.5/Washington City Paper D.C. Primary Poll

Preview: WAMU 88.5/Washington City Paper D.C. Primary Poll

In partnership with the Washington City Paper, WAMU 88.5 has conducted a poll of 802 registered Democrats in the District of Columbia to get a view of motivating issues in the upcoming mayoral primary and D.C. Council chair elections.

In partnership with the Washington City Paper, WAMU 88.5 has conducted a poll of 802 registered Democrats in the District of Columbia to get a view of motivating issues in the upcoming mayoral primary and D.C. Council chair elections. The poll was conducted from August 30 - September 1 by Public Policy Polling and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percent. We have attempted to answer questions not only about how District residents may vote, but also about regional identity and lifestyle.

Fifty percent of the poll's respondents said they plan to support Vincent Gray for mayor, with 39 percent supporting incumbent Adrian Fenty. D.C. Councilmember Kwame Brown (D-At Large) had a strong lead over his competitors in the race for D.C. Council chair, with 48 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him "if the election were held today;" just 27 percent of respondents said they plan to support his closest competitor, Vincent Orange.

DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee is a major factor in the mayoral race, with 53 percent of respondents saying that Rhee was either "crucial" or "very important" in their decision for mayor.

On Thursday's show, we'll drill down into the mayoral contest through the lens of race, economics, and geography. We'll also examine "bicycle politics," and the persistent idea of D.C. as a "transient city." The data below represents a small sample of the full set of results, which we will publish here tomorrow.

If the Democratic primary for mayor were held today, who would you vote for?
Leo Alexander Sulaimon Brown Adrian M. Fenty Vincent C. Gray Ernest E. Johnson Undecided
1% 0% 39% 50% 1% 9%
If the Democratic primary for D.C. Council chairman were held today, who would you vote for?
Kwame Brown Dorothy Douglas Vincent Orange Undecided
48% 7% 27% 18%
What is your gender?
Male Female
43% 57%
How far from where you went to high school do you live now?
Fewer than 3 miles 3-50 miles More than 50 miles
17% 26% 57%
How important is D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee to your decision about who to vote for in the mayoral election?
Crucial Very important Somewhat important Not at all important
33% 20% 18% 29%
Think about Ward 8 Councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry. Which of these statements most closely matches your opinion about Barry?
Should be respected as "Mayor for Life" and celebrated as a civil rights hero Should remain involved in politics as long as he likes and is re-elected Should retire gracefully and go away from public life Should still be in jail Not sure
20% 36% 32% 7% 5%

*Margin of Error Calculator

The most commonly cited poll to date is the Washington Post's "2010 D.C. Mayor's Race Poll" which sampled from August 19-26, 2010. The Post poll was a random sample of 1,277 adult residents, including 780 registered Democrats and adults who said they plan on registering as Democrats before the primary election.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.