D.C. politics July 2012 Washington post poll

Poll Questions

Q: Do you think things in the District of Columbia are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

Q: Would you describe the state of the District's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

Q: How interested are you in District government and city affairs: Very interested, fairly interested, not too interested or not interested at all?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Vincent Gray is handling his job as Mayor?

Q: For each issue, please tell me whether you think Mayor Gray is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job in dealing with this issue: Improving city services

Q: For each issue, please tell me whether you think Mayor Gray is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job in dealing with this issue: Improving District public schools

Q: For each issue, please tell me whether you think Mayor Gray is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job in dealing with this issue: Attracting new business to the District

Q: For each issue, please tell me whether you think Mayor Gray is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job in dealing with this issue: Creating more jobs for D.C. residents

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Vincent Gray

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Adrian Fenty

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Muriel Bowser (Half sample)

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Eleanor Holmes Norton (Half sample)

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Tommy Wells (Half sample)

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. David Catania (Half sample)

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Marion Barry (Half sample)

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Phil Mendelson (Half sample)

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Jack Evans (Half sample)

Q: For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. Ron Machen (Half sample)

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Mayor Gray, or not. He understands the problems of people like you

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Mayor Gray, or not. He is honest and trustworthy

Q: Do you agree or disagree that Mayor Gray is running an ethical administration?

Q: Thinking back to when Adrian Fenty was in office, would you say you approve or disapprove of the way that Fenty handled his job as Mayor?

Q: As you may have heard or read, two D.C. Council members – Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas -- have resigned after pleading guilty to federal criminal charges and several people affiliated with Mayor Gray’s 2010 campaign have pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. How closely have you been following these stories?

Q: Do you think these instances are (a sign of broader problems in city politics), or do you think they are (pretty much isolated incidents)?

Q: Do you think the issue of corruption in D.C. government is (getting worse), (getting better) or is it about the same as it has been?

Q: Compared to other big cities, do you think D.C. has a (bigger) or a (smaller) problem with public corruption, or is it about the same?

Q: Do you think Mayor Gray's campaign and former councilmen Brown and Thomas have been fairly or unfairly investigated by federal authorities?

Q: (If unfairly investigated) Do you think their being African American had a lot, a little or nothing to do with being investigated? (Results based on all respondents)

Q: Considering everything, do you think that the District of Columbia would be (better off), (worse off), or about the same if Vincent Gray were not the Mayor?

Q: Considering everything, do you think Vincent Gray should step down as the Mayor of the District of Columbia?

Q: How important do you think it is that D.C. have an African American mayor -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?

Q: As you may know, taxis in the District changed the way they calculate fares from a system based on zones to one which uses time and distance meters. Do you approve or disapprove of this change?

Q: As you may know, the D.C. Council passed a law requiring all D.C. taxi cabs to be the same color, accept credit cards and have GPS devices. Fares would go up 50 cents per ride. Do you approve or disapprove of this change?

Q: How often, if ever, do you yourself take taxis in D.C.-- several times a week, once a week, a few times a month, a few times a year or less often than that?

Q: Thinking about the strong storm that hit the D.C. area at the end of June, did you happen to lose power where you live, or not?

Q: (If lost power) Was your power out for more or less than 24 hours? (If more) How many days were you without power? (Based on all respondents)

Q: (Intro for half of respondents: Given the severity of the storm) How would you rate the job PEPCO did in restoring power after the storm -- excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

Q: One way to limit power outages in the city would be to bury power lines underground, which may cost about six billion dollars. How much extra would you be willing to pay on your monthly electricity bill to do this?

Q: Did you happen to vote in the last Democratic primary for mayor in D.C. in 2010, when Vincent Gray ran against Adrian Fenty, or did you skip that one?

Q: If that election were held today, would you vote for (Gray) or (Fenty)?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...

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