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Washington Post D.C. Poll
May 2002

The latest Washington Post poll is based on random telephone interviews with 1,007 adults in the District of Columbia conducted May 15 - 19, 2002. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Interviewing was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. 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?


            Right     Wrong     Neither      No  
          Direction   Track     (vol.)     Opinion
5/19/02      54        33          8          5
2/7/00       69        22          6          3
8/27/98      47        46         NA          7
5/18/98      31        58          4          6
5/4/97       20        71          6          2
5/19/96      14        78         NA          2
3/02/95      15        80         NA          5

2. In general, would you say the quality of life in the District of Columbia is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?


           Better    Worse    About the same    No opinion
5/19/02      41       19           39                2  
2/7/00       52        7           38                2  
5/4/97       11       47           41                1
2/29/96       8       56           33                3
9/94         10       45           44                2
12/93         5       55           38                2
1/92          5       66           28                1
12/84        49       17           28                6

3. Would you say you live in the District rather than the suburbs mainly because you like living in the District, or mainly because you're not in a position to move to the suburbs?


             Like living in      Not in position      Other      No 
                District             to move          (vol.)    opin.
5/19/02            75                  21                5        *
2/7/00             74                  22                4        *
2/29/96            60                  34                5        1
12/84              72                  24               --        4

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


              Gotten     Gotten    Stayed about      No 
              better     worse       the same       opin.
5/19/02         40         14           44            2
2/7/00          37         11           49            3
2/29/96         17         24           53            6
12/93           13         31           51            5

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Anthony Williams is handling his job as Mayor? Is that approve/disapprove strongly or just somewhat?


            -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------     No
            NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
5/19/02     64      22        42       28      11        17         8
2/7/00      77      36        40       17       9         7         7

Compare to Marion Barry:

            -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------     No
            NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
5/18/98     35      16        19       52      17        34        14
5/4/97      31      13        19       63      21        41         6
5/19/96     50      25        25       47      21        26         3
3/02/95     58      28        30       27      13        14        15

6. Do you think Anthony Williams deserves to be re-elected as mayor, or not?


                            Have not decided/       No 
            Yes     No     Depends on who runs     opin.
5/19/02     51      32              11               5


9. (DEMOCRATS ONLY) Suppose the primary election for mayor of the district were held today and the candidates were Anthony Williams and Kevin Chavous. For whom would you vote?


             Anthony       Kevin      Other      Neither     Would not        No
             Williams     Chavous     (vol.)      (vol.)     vote (vol.)     opin. 
5/19/02         51           31         1           7             1            9

10. (DEMOCRATS ONLY) Suppose the primary election for mayor of the district were held today and the candidates were Anthony Williams and Jack Evans. For whom would you vote?


             Anthony       Jack       Other      Neither     Would not        No
             Williams      Evans      (vol.)      (vol.)     vote (vol.)     opin. 
5/19/02         56           22         1           8             1           11

11. Now I'm going to mention some issues that face our community, and for each, please tell me whether you think Mayor Anthony Williams is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good, or poor job in dealing with this issue:


5/19/02
(asked of half sample except where noted)

                            --Excellent/Good---    --Not-so-good/Poor--    No
                            NET   Excel.   Good    NET   Not Good   Poor   op.
a. Dealing with the 
   D.C. Council             50      3       47      37      27       10    13

b. Improving city 
   services                 60      7       53      38      26       12     2

c. Improving the image 
   of the city nationally   73     17       56      24      17        8     2

d. Improving the job     
   performance of 
   city employees           51      5       46      42      29       12     8

e. Reducing corruption 
   in city government       40      4       35      49      31       18    11

f. Dealing with Congress    59      9       51      28      20        8    12

g. Creating more jobs
   for D.C. residents       43      5       38      46      29       17    11

h. Improving District 
   public schools           31      3       28      58      38       20    11

i. Attracting new 
   business to the 
   District                 68     16       52      26      17        9     7

j. Keeping the middle 
   class from leaving 
   the city                 56     14       42      38      26       12     6

k. Improving race 
   relations in the 
   District*                53      4       49      37      24       13    10

l. Preparing the city to 
   deal with possible 
   future terrorist 
   attacks*                 53      6       47      34      22       12    13

*full sample

Trend where available:

a. Dealing with the D.C. Council

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    50       3       47        37       27        10       13
2/7/00     58       6       53        31       24         6       11


 b. Improving city services

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    60       7       53        38       26        12        2
2/7/00     68      18       50        30       20        10        2


c. Improving the image of the city nationally   

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    73      17       56        24       17         8        2
2/7/00     80      21       58        17       13         4        4


d. No trend

e. Reducing corruption in city government       

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    40       4       35        49       31        18       11
2/7/00     60      15       45        28       22         6       12


f. Dealing with Congress

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    59       9       51        28       20         8       12
2/7/00     68      10       58        22       17         5       10


g. Creating more jobs for D.C. residents       

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    43       5       38        46       29        17       11
2/7/00     54       7       48        34       24        11       11


h. Improving District public schools           

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    31       3       28        58       38        20       11
2/7/00     45       5       40        44       30        14       11


i. Attracting new business to the District                 

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    68      16       52        26       17         9        7
2/7/00     64      12       53        28       22         6        7


j. Keeping the middle class from leaving the city                

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    56      14       42        38       26        12        6
2/7/00     59       8       51        33       26         7        8


k. Improving race relations in the District

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
5/19/02    53       4       49        37       24        13       10
2/7/00     62       7       55        30       21         9        8


l. No trend. 


12. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Mayor Anthony Williams…


5/19/02

                                   Agree     Disagree     No opinion
a. Understands the concerns 
   of people like you                52         45             4 

b. Is running an ethical 
   administration                    57         33            10

c. Is not doing enough to help 
   lower income city residents       52         40             7 
 
Trend where available:

a. Mayor Anthony Williams understands the concerns of people like you

            Agree     Disagree     No opinion
5/19/02       52         45             4
2/7/00        60         35             5

b,c. No trend.


13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way that the D.C. Council is handling its job? Is that approve/disapprove strongly or just somewhat?


            ----------Approve----------    --------Disapprove---------     No
            NET    Strongly    Somewhat    NET    Somewhat    Strongly    opin.
5/19/02     56         9          46       34        23          11        10
2/7/00      50        11          39       40        24          16        10
5/4/97      38         9          29       51        28          23        11


14. Do you think race relations in the District are getting better, getting worse, or are they staying about the same?


            Better     Worse     About the same    No opinion
5/19/02       22        11             65               2
2/7/00        22        11             65               2


15. I am going to read you a few names. For each please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say.


5/19/02

                                  Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
a. Marion Barry                       41            53              6
b. Eleanor Holmes Norton              80             8             12 
c. Anthony Williams                   66            26              8
d. Kevin Chavous                      46            13             41
e. Jack Evans                         40             9             51 
f. Peggy Cooper Cafritz               28            14             58
g. Police Chief Charles Ramsey*       73            15             12  
h. Charles Ramsey*                    55            12             33
*asked of half sample


Trend where available:

a. Marion Barry

            Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
5/19/02        41            53              6
2/7/00         47            46              7
8/27/98        43            51              6
5/18/98        42            48             10
5/4/97         37            58              6
5/19/96        55            41              5
2/29/96        51            42              7
3/02/95        65            29              6
6/94           46            46              8
1/92           35            58              7

b. Eleanor Holmes Norton

            Favorable     Unfavorable    No opinion
5/19/02        80             8             12
2/7/00         82             7             11
5/18/98*       77             7             16
5/4/97         81             8             12
2/29/96        77             8             15
2/95           74             8             18
6/94           78             8             14
1/92           69            12             19
*asked of half sample

c. Anthony Williams

            Favorable     Unfavorable    No opinion
5/19/02        66            26              8
2/7/00         75            16              9
8/27/98        54            13             33
5/18/98*       22             8             70
*asked of half sample

d. Kevin Chavous

            Favorable     Unfavorable    No opinion
5/19/02        46            13             41
8/27/98        54            15             31
5/18/98        38            11             51

 e. Jack Evans

            Favorable     Unfavorable    No opinion
5/19/02        40             9             51
8/27/98        42            15             43
5/18/98        27            11             62

f,g,h. No trend. 


16. How important do you think it is that a majority of the city council's members be African-American? Very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?


          -------Important------     -------Not important------    No
          NET    Very    Somewhat    NET   Not too   Not at all   opin.
5/19/02   67      32        35       32       18         14         1
827//98*  57      20        37       41       25         16         2

* Among Democratic likely voters only

17. What is the biggest problem facing the district today: the one you want the mayor to work the hardest to solve?



                                            5/19/02        2/7/00
Crime/violence                                22             21
Improving schools/education                   18             17
Improving city services                        8             14                          
Creating more jobs/employment              
 Opportunities                                 9              7
Terrorism/Homeland Security/
 Protecting city from attacks                  2             NA
Housing costs/Low income housing              14             NA 
Economic development/improving 
 quality of life                               3              4
Improve city government/increase 
 efficiency/less corrupt                       3              4
Improving race relations/
 equal opportunities                           3              4
Want D.C to be self-governing/have 
 representation in congress                    3              3
Poverty/homelessness                           2              3
Traffic/parking problems                       1              3
Improve social services                        3              3
Balanced budget/improve finances               1              2
More/affordable housing                        *              2
Improve tax structure                          2              2
Attracting/keeping residents in the city       *              1
Cooperating/working with D.C. council          *              1
Improving the image of the city nationally     *              1
Miscellaneous                                  2              2
Nothing                                        *              5
No opinion                                     4              3


18. Generally speaking, how would you rate:

5/19/02
                                  --Excellent/Good--    --Not Good/Poor--  No
                                  NET   Excel.  Good    NET   Not  Poor    op.
a. District Police                65       8     57     31     21    10      4
b. District Public schools        26       3     24     59     35    23     15
c. Streets in good repair         43       4     39     55     33    22      2
d. 911 Emergency Response         40       6     35     32     22    10     28
e. Household garbage collection   69      13     56     21     14     7     10
f. Parks & recreation facilities  52       7     45     35     24    12     12
g. Department of Motor Vehicles   44       7     38     45     23    22     11


Full wording and trend where available:

a. The job that District police are doing

          --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
          NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/19/02   65       8     57     31      21      10       4
2/7/00    63       9     54     33      23      10       4
5/18/98   49       7     42     45      29      16       5
5/4/97    68      15     53     30      21       9       2


b. The job that the District public schools are doing

          --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
          NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/19/02   26       3     24     59      35      23      15
2/7/00    32       3     28     56      33      23      12
5/18/98   18       3     16     70      30      39      12
5/4/97    18       2     16     74      35      39       8


c. The job that the District is doing to keep the streets in good repair

          --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
          NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/19/02   43       4     39     55      33      22       2
2/7/00    32       3     29     65      35      31       3
5/18/98   21       2     19     78      34      44       2
5/4/97    18       2     16     81      32      49       1
2/29/96   22       2     20     76      26      50       2
2/95      25       2     23     69      30      39       6


d. The job the District is doing responding to 911 emergency calls

No trend. 


e. Household garbage collection by the District

          --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
          NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/19/02   69      13     56     21      14       7      10
2/7/00    57       9     48     36      20      16       7
5/18/98   60      10     50     30      17      12      11
5/4/97    56       8     48     34      18      17       9
2/29/96   49       6     43     44      21      23       7
2/95      52      11     41     34      20      14      14


f. The quality of District parks and recreation facilities

          --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
          NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/19/02   52      7      45     35      24      12      12
2/7/00    56      7      49     33      22      11      11
5/18/98   47      6      41     39      22      17      14
5/4/97    52      7      45     38      24      14       9
2/29/96   45      4      41     41      24      17      14
2/95      38      3      35     42      28      14      20


 g. The quality of services provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles

          --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
          NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/19/02   44      7      38     45      23      22      11
2/7/00    54      8      45     34      18      16      13
5/18/98   38      4      35     46      21      25      15
5/4/97    37      4      33     49      25      24      14


19. Have you, or has anyone in your immediate family, ever been treated at D.C. General Hospital?


            Yes     No     No opin. 
5/19/02     34      65        1 

20. (IF EVER TREATED AT D.C. GENERAL HOSPITAL) Now that DC General is closed, is it more difficult for you and your family to get medical care, or hasn't it made much of a difference?

               More        Not much      Easier      No
            difficult     difference     (vol.)     opin.
5/19/02         35            62            1         3


22. (HALF SAMPLE) How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in the United States - is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?


            ---------Concerned---------    ------Not concerned-----    No      
            NET    Grt.deal    Somewhat    NET    Not much     None    op.    
5/19/02     71        30          40       29        17         12      *

Compare to national trend:

            ---------Concerned---------    ------Not concerned-----    No      
            NET    Grt.deal    Somewhat    NET    Not much     None    op.    
4/21/02     73        30          43       26        18          9      *
3/10/02     70        23          47       30        21          9      1
12/19/01    70        27          43       29        22          8      1
10/15/01    77        35          43       23        14          9      0
10/9/01     82        36          46       18        12          6      *
10/7/01     81        41          40       18        13          4      1
9/27/01*    83        43          39       17        12          5      *
9/11/01     87        49          38       12         7          4      1
6/13/97     62        21          41       38        24         14      *
6/2/97      63        22          41       37        28          9      *
8/5/96      74        31          43       26        18          8      *
4/20/95     78        38          40       21        16          5      1

*9/27/01 and previous: "How concerned are you about the possibility there 
will be more major terrorist attacks in this country."

23. (HALF SAMPLE) How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in the Washington area - is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?


            ---------Concerned---------    ------Not concerned-----    No      
            NET    Grt.deal    Somewhat    NET    Not much     None    op.    
5/19/02     63        29          34       37        23         14      1

24. (HALF SAMPLE) How confident are you in the federal government's ability to respond effectively to a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?


            -------Confident-------  ------Not confident-----     No         
            NET    Very   Somewhat   NET    Not too   At all     opin.    
5/19/02     61      15       46      36        22       14         3
            

25. (HALF SAMPLE) How confident are you in the District government's ability to respond effectively to a large-scale terrorist attack in the Washington area - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?


            -------Confident-------  ------Not confident-----     No         
            NET    Very   Somewhat   NET    Not too   At all     opin.    
5/19/02     52      11       41      45        30       15         3

26. How safe from terrorism do you feel where you live: very safe, somewhat safe, not too safe, or not safe at all?


            -------Safe--------    --------Not safe--------     No
            NET  Very  Somewhat    NET  Not too  Not at all   opinion
5/19/02     70    27      43       27     17         11          2  


Compare to national trend:

            -------Safe--------    --------Not safe--------     No
            NET  Very  Somewhat    NET  Not too  Not at all   opinion
5/19/02     93    61      32        6      4          2          1  
City 
Dwellers	90	57	33	10	6	4	*

27. Have you or anyone in your immediate family talked about leaving Washington because of concerns about future terrorism? (IF YES) Have you seriously considered leaving, or just talked about it?


            Seriously       Just       Have not        No
            considered     talked     considered      opin. 
5/19/02         5            11           84            *   


28. As you may have heard, the District is competing to get a major league baseball team whose games would be played in the city. Do you think it would be mainly a good thing for DC to have a major league baseball team, or mainly a bad thing?


            Good     Bad     No opin. 
5/19/02      84       11        6 


29. Would you favor or oppose using city funds to help finance a baseball stadium?


            Favor     Oppose     No opin. 
5/19/02       48        47          4 


30. Do you favor or oppose the District of Columbia becoming a separate state?


            Favor     Oppose     No opin. 
5/19/02      66         27           7
2/7/00       58         36           6  
5/18/98      52         38          10
5/4/97       46         47           7
2/29/96      48         39          13
2/95         45         48           7
12/93        51         41           8


31. Do you favor or oppose giving the District the same Congressional representation as the fifty states, including two U.S. Senators and a House member with full voting privileges?


            Favor     Oppose     No opin. 
5/19/02       86        11          3 

32. 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.

Some say (this type of redevelopment is good because it may draw new businesses to the area, increase home values and encourage higher income residents to move into the neighborhood).

Others say (this type of redevelopment is bad because it may cause rents and property taxes to increase, and force lower income residents to move out of the neighborhood.)

In general, would you say this kind of redevelopment is mainly a good thing or mainly a bad thing?


            Mainly     Mainly     Neither     Both      No
             Good       Bad        (vol)      (vol)    opin. 
5/19/02       55         34          2          6        3


33. Is this kind of redevelopment happening in your own neighborhood, or not?


            Yes     No     No opin. 
5/19/02     48      50         2


 

34. (IF YES) Thinking about your own personal housing situation, is the redevelopment in your neighborhood mainly a good thing for you or mainly a bad thing for you?


            Mainly     Mainly     Neither     Both      No
             Good       Bad        (vol)      (vol)    opin. 
5/19/02       65         25          5          4        1


35. Has the redevelopment in your neighborhood caused you to consider moving? (IF YES) Have you seriously considered moving, or just talked about it?


            Seriously       Just       Have not        No
            considered     talked     considered      opin. 
5/19/02         13            9           78            *   


36. (IF SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED MOVING) Do you think you would move to a new place in the District, or would you move out of the District?


             In the       Out of       No
            District     District     opin. 
5/19/02        51           47          1


37. Do you think Anthony Williams is more interested in attracting higher income residents to the city, more interested in responding to the needs of the city's working class, or is he equally interested in doing both?



            Attracting higher     Responding to needs      Both        No
            income residents       of working class       equally     opin. 
5/19/02            41                      4                 50         4




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