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Survey says Dick Greco would win Tampa mayor's race



A survey of 402 likely Tampa voters shows former mayor Dick Greco as the winner in a nine-way mayoral contest with 23 percent of the vote. County Commissioner Rose Ferlita received a thumbs up from 19 percent of survey participants and 12 percent said they would vote for former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis. If those results held true, Greco and Ferlita would go to a runoff and the survey shows Greco would win that. The poll was conducted by Logos Communications on Nov. 9 to 11 and has a 4.9 percent margin of error. Company president Lowell Baker said no candidate commissioned the survey. He said he took on the project to promote his company, which opened in St. Petersburg earlier this year. "We saw the mayoral election as an opportunity to announce we're here," Baker said. Asked why Greco was the only focus of head-to-head match-ups (He comes out on top in all of them with Davis emerging as his strongest competitor), Baker said it was assumed Greco would be the front runner. "It is a big assumption," he said. "But that was our working assumption." Davis and Greco haven't formally entered the race, though both are expected to. The survey attributes Greco's success to name recognition and a favorability rating of 69 percent compared to Davis' 56 percent and Ferlita's 50 percent. A few other things of note in the study: Mayor Pam Iorio has a 79 percent favorability rating, and Governor-elect Rick Scott has a 29 percent favorability rating and 44 percent unfavorable. One odd thing: The survey includes former City Council member John Dingfelder as a mayoral candidate. There is no indication right now that Dingfelder will enter the race. Baker said he included Dingfelder because his research showed Dingfelder had at one point considered a run. The entire report is available below.


[Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 10:59am]


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