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It’s Polling Season in D.C. Politics

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Well, we've got about 11 months before the all-important 2010 District of Columbia primaries. Just enough time, in other words, for candidates to gather some early information on how they stand with the city's electorate.

Which means polls!

Two of which City Desk has gotten some details on over the past couple of days. Details below.

Poll #1
The call starts off with a woman who mouths a line that sounds as if it had come straight from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty: Since the mayor took control of the schools, test scores have gone way up, but we still have a lot of work to do, according to an individual who received the poll this afternoon.

Shortly thereafter comes the question: Would you support Mr. Fenty for re-election? The respondent is asked how strongly or lamely he or she supports or opposes the mayor. "It felt like a push poll, especially with the talk of the schools," says a pollee.

Poll #2
This call appears to come from anti-Fenty interests, as it tests lines of attack against the incumbent. The polling person says something along the lines of: "I'm going to say some statements that opponents of Adrian Fenty are likely to say during the upcoming election. Please answer if these statements would make you much less likely to vote for him, somewhat less likely, or no impact."

The poll then gives this example of such an attack:

"Adrian Fenty only recently moved his kids from private to public school."

Then come the scenarios, in which the polling person asks who you'd favor in a number of races, including Fenty v. D.C. Council Chairman Vince Gray, Fenty v. At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown, and Fenty v. Unknown Businessman.

This poll, says a source, features 40 to 50 questions and takes around 15 minutes.

DEAR READERS: PLEASE FILL THE COMMENTS SECTION WITH YOUR RECENT POLLING EXPERIENCES!

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  • Angry Al Gonzales

    I went to CVS this evening & bought one item. My receipt was 45 inches long. Weird.

  • Truth Hurts

    Gray, Brown and Unknown Businessman are all losers. And that's not an endorsement of Fenty, either.

  • Angry Al Gonzales

    Chuck Brown should run. He's about the only person everyone trusts. http://www.windmeupchuck.com/

  • concernedaboutdc

    For me, anyone but Fenty in 2010.

  • Johnny

    I will not be voting for Adrian Fenty. This man is an asshole and monster.

    Ward 4 Voter

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  • DC voter

    I participated in Poll #2. They specifically asked about a candidate from Ward 3 -- maybe the independent businessperson is from W3? Marie Johns?

  • OTBerbur

    I got poll #1 last night. The introduction put Fenty in the best light possible; I assume his interests financed it. I was then asked if I supported his re-election -- essentially in the abstract. I said I couldn't answer without knowing who might run against him.

  • solotruth DC

    Our vacant schools have been sold to the developers with the highest bid. Our playgrounds have been dangerouly turned into doggy parks. Our Parks and Recreations Child Care Center have been axed and 160 employees laid off. Our citizens and neighbors have been priced out of their communities and neighborhoods by condos and high rent apartment complexes that the middle can't afford. Our unemployment rate is 11%. The US Marshall office are evicting families over (25) families a day throughout the District of Columbia. Our shelters are full and families are living out of storage spaces that they are suppose to use to storage their funiture after an eviction. Our child care centers waiting list to place children are unthinkale, unheard of and unimageable. Downtown with hundreds of thousands homeless people on the streets is beginning to look like a third world country. The homeless budget was cut 20 million dollars. Where do we go from here community or chaos? Why have we come to such a time as this? The Mayor has proven to the Citizens of this great city that is anti-family, anti-citizens and anti-voters.

  • Dav eH.

    WILL NOT VOTE FOR FENTY in 2010....Anyone but! He's just another asshole politition1 while we are at it BOOT Jim Graham too!!! He's such a slimey asshole.

  • Korrupt

    Adrian Fenty, the petty petulant boy mayor of DC.
    (Wish he'd grow some hair, his shiny dome is like YUK)

  • candycane1

    OMG I hope I get the call, so I can say HELL NO I WILL NOT VOTE FENTY.

  • NOODLEZ

    FENTY HAS DONE NOTHING FOR THE CITY IN EIGHT YEARS!

    FENTY, GAYTANIA, AND GRAHAM MSUT GO!
    THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THE POLITICAL CONNECTS NOT THE REAL FOLK OF THE GREAT CITY!

    IN THE WORDS OF THE SECOND WORST MAYOR EVER "ITS TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE!"

  • sedcdude

    Chuck Brown, CLASSIC, LMAO!

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