cn|2 Poll: Fischer 43.5% to Heiner 36.5% in Louisville mayor's race

09/23/2010 07:08 PM

Greg Fischer, the Democratic candidate for mayor in Louisville, remains seven points ahead of Republican candidate Hal Heiner, the latest cn|2 Poll of Louisville shows.

Fischer led Heiner by the same margin in an Aug. 9-10 poll. The difference is they bumped up several points each as the undecideds shrunk.

This latest survey of 500 likely voters, taken Sept. 20-21, shows Fischer at 43.5% to Heiner’s 36.5% with 14.8% undecided. Three independent candidates also are in the race. Of those, Jackie Green received the highest level of support with 3.1%.

The survey was conducted by live interviewers from Braun Research of Princeton, N.J. It has a margin of error of 4.4 points. Click here to see the details and crosstabs.

The cn|2 Poll also explored what those likely voters think of the scope of the proposed Ohio River Bridges and Spaghetti Junction project and the controversial Jefferson County Public Schools’ assignment and busing plan.

Here are the key results about the bridges:

  • 21.3% of respondents said they would most prefer seeing the full project of two new bridges and a rebuilt Spaghetti Junction. The projects have an estimated price-tag of $4 billion.
  • The East End Bridge remains more popular than the other components of the project. In total, 66.2% of respondents said they want to see a bridge on the East End. (24.4% said just the East End Bridge, 20.5% said only the two bridges and the 21.3% said the full project of the two bridges and spaghetti junction).
  • Comparatively, 48.3% of respondents favored building a downtown bridge (7.5% said just the downtown bridge, 20.5% said both and the 21.3% said the full project).

Here are some findings about the school assignment/busing plan:

  • 53.2% of respondents disapprove of the plan compared to 33.6% who approve.
  • The most common response was “strongly disapprove” with 32%.

With Heiner running an ad this week announcing his call for reforming the assignment plan, the issue has bled into the mayor’s race. Fischer said the plan should be handled by the school system with the mayor offering rough guidance — not specific directions.

The cn|2 Poll sought voters input:

Q. Should the Louisville mayor have a role in affecting how the Jefferson County School Board crafts its school assignment and busing plan?
  • 42.1% Yes
  • 45.0% No
  • 12.4% Don’t know

- Ryan Alessi


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