- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

And the new survey says …D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty says he doesn’t put much stock in polls, and that could be a good or a bad thing, because he doesn’t fare well in at least two taken this year.

In a poll commissioned by WJLA-Channel 7 and released last week, 51 percent of D.C. residents said they disapprove of his job performance, 54 percent said their opinion of him has gotten worse since he took office, and 51 percent said he gets along somewhat well with the D.C. Council.

On two big issues, respondents viewed one favorably (crime) and a clear majority gave a passing grade to the other (education).

Thirty-seven percent gave the mayor’s schools chief, Michelle A. Rhee, a C, 22 percent said D and 19 percent said F. Just 3 percent handed out an A.

An overwhelming majority - 72 percent - said they think crime has decreased or improved in the past five years.

Another poll, this one taken in Wards 1, 3 and 6 on July 8 through 14 by Successful Capital Strategies, queried only D.C. Democrats. Forty-six percent of those polled said they would consider a candidate other than Mr. Fenty in next year’s election, while only 30 percent said he would get their vote.

Mr. Fenty, who already has more than $2.5 million for his 2010 re-election campaign, received an overall favorable rating of 68 percent versus 25 percent unfavorable.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, who holds a citywide seat and is pondering running for mayor, received a 48 percent favorable versus 11 percent unfavorable rating in the poll of 1,835 respondents.