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Behind the Numbers Archive: D.C.

The D.C. mayoral ground game

As the mayoral campaigns ramp up their get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts before Tuesday's primary, the Washington Post poll shows the cold fact that it's hard to translate those efforts into votes. Mayor Adrian Fenty is trailing, but not for lack of effort: in the Post poll, out two weeks ago, half...

By Kyle Dropp  |  September 13, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , Polls , Post Polls , Voting  | Tags: GOTV, contact, d.c. mayoral race, fenty, gray, primary, voting  
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Going negative in the D.C. mayoral

In candidate forums, televised ads and grassroots efforts, the leading mayoral campaigns have gone negative - something D.C. voters noticed even before the recent volleys - according to a new Washington Post poll. In the Post poll, taken before the mayor adopted a new underdog approach, Democratic voters divided about...

By Kyle Dropp  |  September 2, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , Post Polls  | Tags: attack ads, dc, fenty, gray, issues, mayoral campaign, negative campaigning, voting  
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What's in a name? Michael Brown edition

In the the at-large council race, Michael D. Brown -- D.C.'s shadow senator -- may benefit from voter confusion that he is current At-Large Council member Michael A. Brown. The lesser known Michael D. has taken a surprise 41-29 lead over 12-year incumbent Phil Mendelson among likely voters, according to...

By Kyle Dropp  |  August 31, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , Polls , Post Polls  
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Rating Metro's response to the Red Line crash

Today marks the one year anniversary of the deadliest crash in Metrorail history. A March Washington Post poll found that about half (49 percent) of area residents said they approved of the way Metro responded to that crash and the series of accidents that followed, 35 percent disapproved and 16...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  June 22, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , Maryland , Transportation , Virginia  
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In D.C., broad support for medical marijuana

The D.C. Council's vote today allowing doctors in the nation's capital to prescribe medical marijuana falls in line with the views of a large majority of Washington residents. A Washington Post poll conducted earlier this year found broad support for such a measure, with eight in 10 Washingtonians in favor...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  May 4, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C.  
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D.C. favors elected A.G.

In passing a bill to make the District's Attorney General an elected office, the D.C. Council yesterday was acting in line with the views of a majority of District residents. In a new Washington Post poll, 55 percent of Washingtonians say the city's attorney general ought to be elected, while...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  February 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C.  
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