Mr. Fenty’s predecessor, Anthony A. Williams, served as mayor from 1999 to 2007 and would also defeat Mr. Gray, 47 percent to 32 percent, among Democrats, according to the poll. The racial divide is apparent in the hypothetical elections, with Mr. Gray trumping both men among black voters while the opposite would occur among whites, according to Clarus.
The poll offered a few bright spots. Council member Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat, fared well with a 44 percent approval rating compared to 13 percent who disapprove of him and 43 percent who had no opinion on him. Interestingly, he was the only at-large member to garner a higher approval rating than the percentage of respondents who could not form an opinion.
Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier continues to be the most popular public figure in local government, garnering 78 percent approval of her job performance and 12 percent disapproval, while D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson enjoyed 51 percent approval against 14 percent disapproval.
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