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Take the Washington Post D.C. poll

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Today The Washington Post released the results of a poll of D.C. residents that shows Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's reelection campaign trailing Council Chair Vincent C. Gray by double-digits. Answer some of the questions yourself below.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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This POLL is BS ! Question #3 only gives you choices that praises Fenty !

Posted by: GoldCoast | August 29, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

This POLL is BS ! Question #3 only gives you choices that praise Fenty !

Posted by: GoldCoast | August 29, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

The idea was that if you didn't agree with any of them you could just not check anything, but maybe that doesn't work well with how our polling software functions. I'll remove it for now.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | August 29, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Okay, replaced it with questions about Michelle Rhee and the overall direction of the city.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | August 29, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Christopher Dean Hopkins - Thanks for watching over this poll.

Perhaps you can also participate in Please fixing the comments section of the front page story on the official poll. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/28/AR2010082804178_Comments.html

About 12 comments that were there last night are missing this morning and at present, the "comment" option for the article is not easily available online.

The only way I know to get to the comments section is to open the article in "print" mode and scroll to the bottom, where the "comments" option is available. Few people will notice this. - none so far have commented this morning, except for me.

I've seen this glitch occasionally before, most recently on Friday’s story about the achievement gap.

I've emailed Nikita Stewart, Tim Craig and Mike Debonis about this as well. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

I know strange things can happen with software, but this does have the appearance of repression of public commentary.

Posted by: efavorite | August 29, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow! WP this poll is ?

Posted by: drfields | August 29, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

How about showing results JUST by folks who live the the District, or better yet registered Democrats in the District, so that the poll has more meaning. The way it is, with roughly 1:5 taking the poll living outside DC the poll becomes largely useless.

Posted by: bobroehr | August 29, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I worry about the people who live outside the District and vote in this poll. Too many outsiders like to meddle in our politics...they apparently don't have enough to think about in their home districts!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 29, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

question 3: generally right direction or pretty seriously off the track. egads that's a horribly biased question. the either or is not comparable, one side is are things ok and the other is is the apocalypse around the corner.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | August 29, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Very interesting results, as unscientific as they are. To the extent poll takers are being truthful, almost none of them are from Ward 7 or 8, a majority of them think the city is heading in the right direction, and a majority would vote for Gray. If that holds on election day, Gray wins by a landslide.

Posted by: getjiggly | August 29, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

PindarPushkin, it's how our pollsters phrased the question and how they've phrased it for a number of years now. I just reproduced that.

efavorite, I see what you mean, I saw the comments last night too. I doubt they're recoverable, unfortunately. Sort of a complicated technical situation but I can explain it if you want.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | August 29, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

17% of the people responding to the poll live outside the District. What's up with that?!?

Posted by: TheHermit1 | August 29, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Just curious: Were the results of the poll released to Fenty just before he decided to begin his "humility tour?"

Oh, and how long has WaPo been sitting on the results of this long-awaited poll?

Just wonderin'...

Posted by: TheHermit1 | August 29, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

TheHermit1: No, the results absolutely were not released to anyone outside The Post before we published them at midnight last night. As far as sitting on it, if you'll look at the full results of the poll you can see the dates we were gathering the data. We made our last calls on Thursday.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | August 29, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Why are people living outside the District allowing to vote in this poll? This doesn't make any sense to me.

I will be voting in the morning for Vincent Gray. King Fenty will be a private citizen soon and he will have time to ride his bike and jog on his time, not the government time. Good riddance King Fenty.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 29, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

HERMIT --perhaps there was another poll done earlier that was not reported?

Christopher - Thanks for getting back to me regarding the missing comments section on several recent articles.

I'm less interested in what caused it than I am in having the Post let readers know that management is aware of the problem and will fix it.

Posted by: efavorite | August 29, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Interesting in only one way- Gray is leading Fenty by 16% at this time and 29% of the respondents are in Ward 2 and 3 which Fenty needs to win big. another 18% are from Ward 4 which he also needs to come out big for him to win.

Posted by: peterdc | August 30, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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