"The Coolest Political Poll D.C.'s Ever Seen"
September 9, 2010 1:16 PM   Subscribe

This is pretty cool, although I have some quibbles with their color choices (which may just be because I'm color blind, but they seem too pastel to me and hard to tell apart).

So far the most fun has been graphing "Opinion of Barry" against everything else.

It's disappointing to me that they didn't seem to ask more questions about why people are supporting Gray or Fenty. I think there's a lot more meat there than "I like/hate Michelle Rhee."
posted by OmieWise at 1:37 PM on September 9, 2010

4% of unemployed people bike to work. Curious.
posted by theodolite at 2:13 PM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Wow, comparing that "Perceived Neighborhood Safety" chart to the tea party guide is interesting to me.
posted by frecklefaerie at 2:15 PM on September 9, 2010

Oh, and it drives me NUTS how many Dallas fans there are in DC. Freakin' contrarians. Wearing a Redskins hat in DC is a sure way to find out who the Dallas fans are. They can't help but harrass.
posted by frecklefaerie at 2:16 PM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

You know, for real, just this morning I was wishing I had a pie-graph of Redskins fans to Cowboys fans in DC.
posted by Navelgazer at 2:17 PM on September 9, 2010

DCist noticed that no Cowboys fans think Marion Barry should still be in jail.
posted by exogenous at 2:22 PM on September 9, 2010

Is Grey really at 50%. I really should pay more attention. I'd assumed it was much closer. Gotta stop reading the post.
posted by humanfont at 4:56 PM on September 9, 2010

Born and bred Washingtonian, and I prefer just about any team over the Redskins, football or otherwise. What an evil, money-sinking, poorly managed and poorly owned organization. Why people around here get all hyped up like beatles fanatics over them is beyond me. Ryan Zimmerman can hit a walk-off HR and the WP sports sections front page will be dominated with Redskins preseason bullshit. And they don't even win. Fuck the Redskins, Dan Snyder, FedEx field...I hope the team up and leaves.

Oh yeah. So uh...DC politics. Pretty politic-y, I hear.
posted by windbox at 8:48 PM on September 9, 2010

Select 'Pick for Mayor' and 'Race'
Note that the majority of black people will be voting for Grey.
and that the majority of whites will be voting for Fenty.
Sell stock in fedoras.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:47 AM on September 10, 2010

Yup, Fenty is among Other Stuff White People Like. His main campaign tactic seems to be instilling baseless fear of what might happen if Gray were elected.

Personally I despise Fenty's cronyism and inept governance. As Mary Cheh pointed out, "Fenty made progress because he inherited a surplus of resources, money and goodwill, and he used it up."
posted by exogenous at 8:34 AM on September 10, 2010

I no longer live in DC (just over the line, now), but I'll echo your reasons. Fenty has essentially claimed that if we trust him things will get better, going so far as to attempt to prevent staff from testifying before the Council. Whenever we do get some information it makes it look like Fenty is doing something wrong. The article in today's post about Nickles covers a lot of the shady cover-ups, which are worse in some ways than the shady dealings.

Plus, I have a hard time taking someone seriously who would pull the shit he pulled with the baseball tickets. That was the work of a small-minded man.
posted by OmieWise at 9:22 AM on September 10, 2010

Another DC person here. Fenty's cronyism and Michelle Rhee are killing him in my household, though I'm ready to give him a second term.

I saw a debate between Fenty and Gray a week or two ago and to me, Gray just looked like an ambulance-chaser looking for his next gig. His familiarity with the city and its politics was lacking.

Fenty renovated Eastern Market after the fire. An emergency like the fire being the only thing that was capable of getting the wheels rolling for the upgrading of the facilities, a project that's been waiting for more than 25 years.

And the Public Schools were a notorious, multi-generational, nepotistic dynasty, dominated by a handful of families before Rhee was hired to clean house.

I say that we don't switch horses mid-stream, especially when the other horse may not know the way home.
posted by vhsiv at 9:27 AM on September 10, 2010

I wouldn't necessarily give Fenty credit for rebuilding Eastern Market. I walked through the structure when it was opened for public viewing after the fire but before the renovation, and it was largely intact. It would have been utterly foolish, I think, to do anything but restore that beautiful and functional space.

Anyway, I'm not a registered Democrat so barring some freak occurrence I will have no real voice in the election of the next mayor. DISENFRANCHISED AGAIN!
posted by exogenous at 10:04 AM on September 10, 2010

^exogenous: Two of the long standing issues for Eastern Market were that there was no A/C and there were no bathrooms.

It's great that they've made the renovations, but the guy who ran the Gallery from 1969-2008 was tossed out when the renovations were completed, so now there's no Gallery, no Theater and no plans to initiate or restore those programs, because the city has stubbornly decided that they would be a better property managers than the artists and vendors who have prevailed there for more than 30 years.

Here's an obit for the guy who really brought the Market to life with his arts programs and the weekend vending. He actually died a week before the obit was published. Several of us who performed and exhibited at the Market are petitioning Fenty to erect a plaque in Harrod's honor.

Generally speaking, Fenty has been good to the residents of Capitol Hill. It's something of an oxymoron that my family came here in a wave of Minority Gentrification more than 30 years ago, but again, Fenty took care of us and ours, even as he snatched the Market back.

I have no idea what Gray's got in mind. but I'd prefer to stay with the horse I've already got.
posted by vhsiv at 1:36 PM on September 10, 2010

Generally speaking, Fenty has been good to the residents of Capitol Hill.

Except in my situation, Fenty's inept appointee (PDF) to the Board of Real Property Tax and Appeals robbed us to the tune of a few thousand dollars by upholding an assessment that claimed our house increased in value by over 15% in just six weeks during a time of flat or falling property values. It was a clear mistake in view of our recent purchase of the house. I spent a tremendous amount of time and energy trying to fight the assessment over multiple appeals (one of the appeals actually disappeared outright after I filed it with BRPAA). Throughout the ordeal, the mayor's staff failed to acknowledge any one of my numerous letters and emails I sent to him seeking assistance. In contrast, our council member Tommy Wells was very helpful, and I hope he runs for mayor later.

I have a hard time not holding Fenty personally responsible for fucking me over. I don't know if Gray would do any better, but my personal experience and the numerous other scandals of the Fenty administration have left me with no faith in the ability of the current mayor to actually govern.
posted by exogenous at 3:55 PM on September 10, 2010

Oh, and it drives me NUTS how many Dallas fans there are in DC. Freakin' contrarians. Wearing a Redskins hat in DC is a sure way to find out who the Dallas fans are. They can't help but harrass.

Maybe that's why Dallas fans feel the least safe.
posted by chrisulonic at 2:28 AM on September 12, 2010

A scathing editorial regarding the outcome of the primary election. I think Courtland Milloy must hate Fenty even more than I do.
posted by exogenous at 8:40 AM on September 16, 2010

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