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News10NBC Exclusive Mayoral Primary Poll: How close is the race and which issues matter most to voters

News10NBC Exclusive Mayoral Primary Poll: How close is the race and which issues matter most to voters

WHECTV
Updated: June 09, 2021 06:16 PM
Created: June 09, 2021 05:14 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We're less than two weeks away from primary day on June 22, and all eyes are on the race for Rochester mayor.

Incumbent Lovely Warren is facing Democratic challenger and City Councilmember Malik Evans.

News10NBC teamed up with SurveyUSA to find out which issues matter most to city voters and how close the race is between Warren and Evans.

We break down the exclusive poll results below. Click here to view the entire poll report and the statement of methodology. 

If the Democratic primary for Rochester Mayor were today, and you were filling out your ballot right now, who would you vote for? 

  • 35% Lovely Warren
  • 48% Malik Evans
  • 17% Undecided

Is your opinion of Lovely Warren favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or are you unfamiliar with Warren? 

  • 31% Favorable
  • 42% Unfavorable
  • 22% Neutral
  • 1% Unfamiliar
  • 4% Not Sure

Is your opinion of Malik Evans favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or are you unfamiliar with Evans? 

  • 32% Favorable
  • 10% Unfavorable
  • 37% Neutral
  • 18% Unfamiliar
  • 3% Not sure

When you think about the future of Rochester, do you feel mostly optimistic? Neutral? Or mostly pessimistic? 

  • 43% Mostly optimistic
  • 30% Neutral
  • 19% Mostly pessimistic
  • 7% Not sure

Which of the following is the single most important issue facing the City of Rochester today? Crime? The economy? Racial justice? Public schools? Poverty? Leadership? Or something else? 

  • 40% Crime
  • 11% Economy
  • 20% Racial justice
  • 9% Public schools
  • 9% Poverty
  • 5% Leadership
  • 4% Other
  • 2% Not sure

Is the investigation into Lovely Warren's campaign finances a major factor in how you will vote for mayor? A minor factor? Or not a factor at all? 

  • 39% Major factor
  • 32% Minor factor
  • 22% Not a factor
  • 6% Not sure

Is the arrest of Lovely Warren's husband, Timothy Granison, a major factor in how you will vote for mayor? A minor factor? Or not a factor at all?

  • 30% Major factor
  • 31% Minor factor
  • 34% Not a factor
  • 5% Not sure

Is the city's handling of the Daniel Prude case a major factor in how you will vote for mayor? A minor factor? Or not a factor at all? 

  • 40% Major factor
  • 28% Minor factor
  • 27% Not a factor
  • 5% Not sure

Do you support or oppose a plan to provide a universal basic income for Black and brown residents as a form of reparations for systemic discrimination? 

  • 41% Strongly support
  • 23% Somewhat support
  • 10% Somewhat oppose
  • 12% Strongly oppose
  • 14% Not sure

News10NBC showed these results to the campaigns for both candidates

Evans' campaign team provided the following statement:

"This latest polling indicates that Malik's focus on economic empowerment and restoring trust and transparency is resonating with the people of Rochester. However, our campaign knows that there's only one poll that matters, and that's on June 22nd. Over these last 2 weeks, we will remain focused on bringing our message directly to voters and fighting for the Rochester we all deserve."

Warren's campaign manager issued this statement:

"Mayor Warren is focused on continuing to deliver results for the people of our City, not polls. No media poll has ever had the Mayor winning in any race. However, she's always won come Election Day. That's why she's focused on sharing her record and her plans to create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and greater educational opportunities for every corner of Rochester."


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