Poll: Rick Baker leads Rick Kriseman 46% to 39%
A new automated poll of St. Petersburg voters finds former Mayor Rick Baker leading incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman by more than 6 percentage points, despite most voters saying that their city is heading in the right direction.
The Aug. 7 survey of 862 city resident conducted and paid for by StPetePolls.org showed Baker leading the field with 45.7 percent support, Kriseman with 39.3 percent, Paul Congemi with 3.9 percent, Theresa Lassiter with 2.7 percent, Jesse Nevel with 1.6 percent, Anthony Cates with 1.4 percent, and 5.3 percent of voters unsure.
If no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote Aug. 29, the top two candidates face off again Nov. 7.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent. Automated polls like this also do not reach the growing number of voters who only use cell phones.
Baker was leading Kriseman in the Midtown area by 13 percentage points, northeast St. Petersburg by 11, and west by nearly 7, while Baker and Kriseman were effectively tied in southern St. Petersburg, and Kriseman led downtown by nearly 12 points. The race is officially nonpartisan, but Democrat Kriseman was pulling more than 16 percent of Republicans, while Republican Baker was winning 30 percent of Democrats. They were effectively tied amond independents.
The survey also found 56.1 percent of voters supporting the Vinoy hotel's plan to building a parking structure and fewer than one in four opposed.