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Ford ahead in St. Petersburg Downtown Parternship poll



ST. PETERSBURG -- A new poll found that mayoral candidates Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster are the frontrunners in the mayoral race.

Ford was slightly ahead, with 22 percent of the vote. Foster had 21 percent of the vote.

The poll, commissioned by the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, found 23 percent of voters were still undecided.

Tel Opinion Research polled 400 registered voters Monday. The poll has a margin of error of 3 to 3.5 percentage points, said Robert Kapusta, incoming chairman of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

Here is how the other candidates fared:

Deveron Gibbons had 11 percent of the vote, Scott Wagman had 10 percent of the vote, Larry Williams had 6 percent, Jamie Bennett had 5 percent, Ed Helm had 1 percent and John Warren had 1 percent.

The partnership also surveyed opinions about BayWalk, the Rays and education.

Business: When asked which is more important to attracting businesses to downtown, 32 percent said public safety, 21 percent said solving the homeless problem, 16 percent said revitalizing BayWalk and 10 percent said retaining baseball.

BayWalk: Sixty-five percent of people said they supported the city's BayWalk revitalization plan.

Education: When asked whether they were satisfied with the quality of education in St. Petersburg, 48 percent said they were not satisfied, 32 percent said they were satisfied and 20 percent were not sure.

The Rays: When asked how important it is that the Rays stay in St. Petersburg, 51 percent said "very," 23 percent said "somewhat," 25 percent said "not important," and 1 percent said "not sure."

When asked what the most important reason is to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg, 49 percent said the economic impact for local businesses, 16 percent said enjoyment to baseball fans, 16 percent said jobs, 10 percent said they weren't sure and 9 percent said prestige for the city.

However, 29 percent of respondents said they didn't attend Rays games. The next highest total was 24 percent, who said they attended one to three games a year.

To see the complete poll, click Download St.

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:03pm]


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