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Washington Post D.C. Mayoral Primary Poll
August 2002

The latest Washington Post poll is based on telephone interviews with 805 randomly selected adults in the District of Columbia who identified themselves as registered Democrats. The survey was conducted August 26 - 29, 2002. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 4 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. First, are you registered to vote in Washington DC, or haven't you had a chance to register?


            Yes     No     No opin. 
8/29/02      71     29         *


2. (IF REGISTERED) Are you registered as a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, in the DC Statehood Green Party, or something else?


                                   Statehood/    Something    No
           Dem.   Repub.  Indpt.   Green Party      else     opin.
8/29/02     76      7       12          1            3         1
5/19/02     74      8       13          1            2         1
5/18/98     75      8       12          1            2         3


3. (IF REGISTERED DEMOCRAT) This year's Democratic primary election for mayor is September 10. Some people have busier schedules than others. Because of this, some people who plan to vote can't always get around to it on election day. With your personal schedule in mind, I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the District of Columbia Democratic primary election on September 10.

Are you absolutely certain to vote, very likely to vote, probably will vote, are the chances 50-50, or don't you think you will vote in that election?


            Certain   Likely    Probably  Chances  Don't think     No 
            to vote   to vote     vote     50/50    will vote     opin.
8/29/02        66       12          9        8          4           1




 

(SPLIT SAMPLE A - asked of half sample) 4a/5a. Thank you. Now suppose the Democratic primary election for mayor were held today. For whom would you vote? Who are you leaning toward right now?

If respondent said "The Mayor" or "The Reverend": "And can I get his name?"



Anthony Williams            53 
Willie Wilson               15
James Clark                  *
Osie Thorpe                  0
Douglas Moore                1
Faith                        *
Other                        2
Would not vote               1
"The mayor"                  1
"The Reverend/Minister"      0
No opinion                  25

(SPLIT SAMPLE A) 6a. (IF SELECTED A CANDIDATE) Would you say you strongly support or just somewhat support (CANDIDATE)?


8/29/02
                           Strongly     Somewhat     No opinion
Anthony Williams              57           43              0
Willie Wilson                  *            *              *
James Clark                    *            *              *
Osie Thorpe                    *            *              *
Douglas Moore                  *            *              *
Faith                          *            *              *
"The mayor"                    *            *              *
"The Reverend/Minister"        *            *              *

*BASE TOO SMALL TO ANALYZE


(SPLIT SAMPLE A) 7a. (IF WILLIAMS, WILSON, "The Mayor", or "The Reverend") Do you happen to know if (CANDIDATE'S) name will be printed on the ballot, or will you have to write his name in when you vote?


                           Yes, on ballot     No, write in     No opinion
Anthony Williams                  8                82              10 
Willie Wilson                     *                *               *
*BASE TOO SMALL TO ANALYZE

 

(SPLIT SAMPLE B - asked of half sample) 4b/5b. As you may know, the candidates whose names will be printed on the Democratic primary ballot for mayor are (James Clark), (Osie Thorpe), (Douglas Moore) and (Faith).

Suppose the primary were held today, would you vote for (Clark), (Thorpe), (Moore) or (Faith) -- or would you write in the name of someone else? Who are you leaning toward right now?

IF RESPONDENT SAYS "The Mayor" or "The Reverend": "And can I get his name?" IF WRITE-IN: "Who would you write in?"


8/29/02

(WRITE IN) Anthony Williams     44 
(WRITE IN) Willie Wilson        10
James Clark                      7
Osie Thorpe                      0
Douglas Moore                    5
Faith                            1
(WRITE IN) Other                11
Would not vote                   1
"The mayor"                      1
"The Reverend/Minister"          0
No opinion                      18

(SPLIT SAMPLE B) 6b. (IF SELECTED A CANDIDATE) Would you say you strongly support or just somewhat support (CANDIDATE)?


8/29/02
                           Strongly     Somewhat     No opinion
Anthony Williams              61           38              3
Willie Wilson                  *            *              *
James Clark                    *            *              *
Osie Thorpe                    *            *              *
Douglas Moore                  *            *              *
Faith                          *            *              *
"The mayor"                    *            *              *
"The Reverend/Minister"        *            *              *
*BASE TOO SMALL

ASK ALL: 8. Now suppose the Democratic primary were held today and the candidates on the ballot were (Anthony Williams), (Willie Wilson), (James Clark), (Osie Thorpe), (Douglas Moore) and (Faith). For whom would you vote?


8/29/02

Anthony Williams     56 
Willie Wilson        16
James Clark           3
Osie Thorpe           *
Douglas Moore         4
Faith                 1
Other                 1
None of these         3
No opinion           17


 

9. 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.
8/29/02 Dem     59      25        33       36      16        21         5
5/19/02 Dem     61      22        39       32      12        20         7


10. 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.


8/29/02

                        Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
a. Marion Barry             43            48             10
b. Anthony Williams         63            28             10
c. Willie Wilson            29            24             46

Trend where available:

a. Marion Barry

                Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
8/29/02 Dem        43            48             10
5/19/02 Dem        44            51              5 
5/18/98 Dem        47            44              9


b. Anthony Williams

                Favorable     Unfavorable    No opinion
8/29/02 Dem        63            28             10
5/19/02 Dem        65            28              7 
5/18/98 Dem        24             9             67
*asked of half sample



11. As you may know. the city election board decided that Anthony Williams' name will not be printed on the Democratic primary ballot because of irregularities in his nominating petitions.

Do these problems make you more likely or less likely to vote for Williams, or don't they affect how likely you are to vote for Williams?


                              Does not      No
            More     Less      affect      opin.   
8/29/02      11       27         57          4


13. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Mayor Anthony Williams…Is not doing enough to help lower income city residents. Is that agree/disagree strongly or just somewhat?


                ???????-Agree-?????????    ???????-Disagree-?????--     No
                NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
8/29/02 Dem     58      37        21       32      19        13        10
5/19/02 Dem     56      NA        NA       38      NA        NA         6 




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