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Poll: Mayor Roberts leads Lyles and Ford in Democratic campaign
Incumbent up big according to in-house survey
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:00 pm
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts leads Democratic rivals Vi Lyles and Joel Ford according to a survey commissioned by Roberts' campaign.














A poll commissioned by Mayor Jennifer Roberts campaign shows the incumbent with a big lead against her Democratic rivals.

The survey by Lake Research Partners shows Roberts with 35 percent support among likely primary voters compared by Charlotte City Council member Vi Lyles at 21 percent and N.C. Sen. Joel Ford with 15 percent. Another 28 percent of voters are undecided. Roberts leads among almost all demographic groups, including African Americans with a seven-point advantage, and women at 10 points. Roberts is white. Lyles and Ford are black, as are two-thirds of Charlotte Democrats. 

“Mayor Jennifer Roberts has a strong record of accomplishment for Charlotte – creating jobs, delivering on expanding programs for our youth, and fighting for our values – and it shows in her double digit lead," Roberts campaign manager Sam Spencer said in a statement. “We expect Joel Ford will gain ground due to Super PAC spending and his war chest of Republican money. However, with Mayor Roberts’ popularity and record, she is the clear favorite in this race.”

Lyles and Ford have staked their campaigns on voter frustration with the way Roberts handled September’s fatal shooting of Keith Scott by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and the city’s slow response to economic inequality. Roberts also drew criticism for leading the effort to add LGBTQ protections in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances, which led Republican state lawmakers to pass HB2 into law. The legislation, which was repealed earlier this year, required people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that corresponded to the gender listed on their birth certificate.

The poll found 64 percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Roberts, against a 25 percent unfavorable rating. She has the highest favorability rating among all candidates.

Lake Research Partners correctly predicted Roberts’ 2015 win and her 10-point margin of victory in the primary was within the 4.9 percent margin of error of her 14-point lead in polling.

The telephone survey of 400 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted June 1-4 on cell and landlines with a margin of error of 4.9 percent.


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