A new poll published today by The Post finds that a majority of D.C. residents want Mayor Vince Gray to resign. All told, 54 percent said they would like to see him step down, while 37 percent say he should stay.
And in an irony that certainly won’t be lost on the man who campaigned on the “One City” slogan, just about every group in the D.C. — whether based on race, economics or location — seems to think it’s time for him to go.
The poll comes a week after the fullest accounting of a 2010 shadow campaign that illicitly funneled $653,000 into the race to defeat Mayor Adrian Fenty and on the heels of resignation calls by three D.C. council members — Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and David Catania (I-At Large). It also shows that Gray is on perilous political ground, having lost support across the city and being judged harshly for his performance as mayor.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the poll said they disapproved of how Gray is handling his job, while only 29 percent said they approved. This is down from a similar poll in March that found his job approval at 41 percent disapproval to 31 percent approval, and only slightly above Marion Barry’s abysmal showing in a 1997 poll that found his disapproval ratings hitting 63 percent. (Mayor Adrian Fenty’s worst disapproval rating was 49 percent in 2010.)
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]