HIZZONER ’07: Fattah Leading In Tribune Poll

PHILADELPHIA, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A recent poll among 400 registered African-American voters who said they planned to vote in the city of Philadelphia’s May 2007 Democratic Primary Election has provided evidence that black voters still rank Chaka Fattah first (27 %), and Dwightchakapw.jpg Evans second (18%), but that Tom Knox (now at 14%), has moved past Michael Nutter (9%) and Bob Brady (8%), since October 26-29, 2006, when the poll was last taken. While he still maintains a lead position among black voters, Fattah’s support has decreased from 33 percent to 27 percent; Evans and Brady have each increased their support by two percent; Knox has increased his support by 13 percent and Nutter’s preference level has remained exactly the same as it was five months ago.

The poll, sponsored by the nation’s oldest African-American newspaper, The Philadelphia Tribune, and conducted by nationally respected pollster Ron Lester of Lester & Associates in Washington DC., was taken between March 21 and March 23, 2007 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent. The citywide telephone survey is, arguably, the first statistically projectable political poll sponsored by an African-American newspaper. According to the most recently available U.S. Census data, African Americans, at 45 percent of the City’s overall population, comprise the largest single ethnic voting block in Philadelphia. They also represent approximately 61 percent of the City’s registered Democratic voters. Philadelphia’s Republican Mayoral Primary Election will be uncontested and the City has not had an elected Republican mayor since 1952.

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