Washington Post D.C. poll: 2014 mayoral election, schools, gentrification and marijuana

Poll Questions

Q: Are you registered/Will you register as a Democrat, a Republican, and independent or what? (Combined table based on total sample)

Q: Are you registered to vote at your present address, or not? (IF NOT REGISTERED) Do you plan to register to vote before the upcoming District primary elections on April 1, or not?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Generally speaking, how interested are you in the current primary campaign for mayor in DC: would you say you are very interested, fairly interested, not too interested or not interested at all?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Thinking ahead to the April Democratic primary election for mayor, how would you rate the chances that you will vote in that election?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Suppose the primary election for mayor of the District were held today, and the candidates were... For whom would you vote? Which one are you leaning toward right now?

Q: Thinking about the general election for mayor of the District to be held in November, if the election were being held today and the candidates were (Vincent Gray, the Democrat) and (David Catania, running as an Independent candidate), for whom would you vote? Which candidate are you leaning toward?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you’ll vote for mayor this year. District public schools

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you'll vote for mayor this year. Growth and development

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you’ll vote for mayor this year. Crime (half sample)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you’ll vote for mayor this year. The economy and jobs (half sample)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you’ll vote for mayor this year. The District budget (half sample)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you’ll vote for mayor this year. City services (half sample)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you’ll vote for mayor this year. Ethics and corruption (half sample)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) Please tell me how important each of the following issues are in deciding how you’ll vote for mayor this year. Economic inequality (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

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: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) 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: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) 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. Andy Shallal (half sample)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) 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: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) 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: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) 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 Orange (half sample)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED DEMOCRATS/PLAN TO REGISTER) 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. Reta Lewis (half sample)

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

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Mayor Gray, or not. He has brought needed change to the District

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: I'm going to mention some issues that face our community, 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: I'm going to mention some issues that face our community, 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: I'm going to mention some issues that face our community, 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: Reducing crime in the city

Q: I'm going to mention some issues that face our community, 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: I'm going to mention some issues that face our community, 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: Generally speaking, how would you rate the job that District public schools are doing excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Kaya Henderson is handling her job as Chancellor of D.C. public schools?

Q: Do you think DC's charter schools are generally (better) than the average public school, generally (worse) than the average public school, or are they about the same?

Q: (IF CHILDREN AT HOME, INTRO: Regardless of where your children now attend,) If you had a child who was NOW about to enter elementary school, would you enroll your child in... (Results based on all D.C. adults)

Q: (IF CHILDREN AT HOME, INTRO: Regardless of where your children now attend,) If you had a child who was NOW about to enter middle school, would you enroll your child in... (Results based on all D.C. adults)

Q: Overall, how would you rate your neighborhood as a place to live: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

Q: In recent years, has your neighborhood gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?

Q: How many years have you lived in Washington, D.C., or have you lived here your whole life?

Q: On another subject, generally speaking, do you favor or oppose using city funds to help finance a new soccer stadium for the District's Major League Soccer team, D.C. United?

Q: As you may know, the District government paid (READ FOR RANDOM HALF SAMPLE: about 650 million dollars) to build the Washington Nationals baseball stadium which opened in 2008 - do you think this was a generally (good) or (bad) investment for the city?

Q: DC now limits how high buildings can be constructed in order to maintain the city’s historic skyline. Some people believe taller buildings should be allowed to accommodate the city’s growing population and businesses. Do you think DC should (keep its existing height limits) or (allow taller buildings to be built)?

Q: As you may know, 'gentrification' is the process in which developers or higher income families buy and fix up homes or apartment buildings in working class city neighborhoods. In general, would you say this kind of redevelopment is mainly a good thing or mainly a bad thing? (See Data: Complete Trends Over Time above for full wording)

Q: As you may know, the district government is trying to redevelop parts of the city to attract new businesses and residents. Do you think this process of redevelopment is mainly good or mainly bad for people like you?

Q: Do you think this process of redevelopment is mainly good or mainly bad for Long-time city residents?

Q: Do you think this process of redevelopment is mainly good or mainly bad for Newer city residents?

Q: Do you think this process of redevelopment is mainly good or mainly bad for Whites in the district?

Q: Do you think this process of redevelopment is mainly good or mainly bad for Blacks in the district?

Q: Do you think this process of redevelopment is mainly good or mainly bad for Rich residents?

Q: Do you think this process of redevelopment is mainly good or mainly bad for Poor residents?

Q: Would you describe the people of the District as (mainly unified), or (mainly divided) by things like race or income? IF DIVIDED: Would you say the District is mainly divided (by race) or mainly divided (between rich and poor)?

Q: Would you say Vincent Gray cares more about (black) residents of the District, (white) residents, or would you say he cares equally about serving all people?

Q: In general, do you favor or oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use?

Q: (IF OPPOSE LEGALIZING) Do you favor or oppose reducing punishments for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a fine of $100 or less? (RESULTS BASED ON TOTAL RESPONDENTS)

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