Fischer extends lead over Heiner in latest cn|2 Louisville mayoral poll

10/21/2010 07:02 PM

Democratic Louisville mayoral candidate Greg Fischer has widened his lead over Republican Hal Heiner over the last month and now has a 9-point advantage, the cn|2 Poll in Louisville shows.

Fischer received 46% of respondents’ support compared to Heiner’s 37%. Two other candidates running limited campaigns received less than 2% each. Nearly 12% still remain undecided, which is nearly twice as high as those who say they haven’t made up their minds in the congressional race that covers most of Jefferson County.

The poll of 504 likely Jefferson County voters was conducted by live interviewers from Braun Research, Inc., between Oct. 18 and 19. It has a margin of error of 4.4 points. Click here to view details of the poll.

The previous cn|2 poll on the race from Sept. 20 and 21 showed Fischer with a 6 point lead.

Heiner declined to comment through his spokesman, Joe Burgan.

Fischer said in a brief interview that the poll shows the hard work of his campaign:

Since the last poll, the two campaigns have sparred over the Jefferson County Public Schools assignment program, of which Heiner has said needs to be changed. Fischer originally said the mayor shouldn’t get involved in the assignment plan but recently aired TV ads that say the plan needs to be fixed.

And over the past three days, Heiner has called into question the exit of independent Jackie Green from the race. After dropping out, Green endorsed Fischer. That exchange has led both state Democratic and Republican parties to write letters to the Office of the Attorney General to investigate endorsements both candidates have received.

Danny Briscoe, a longtime political consultant who resides in Louisville, said if Fischer is up nearly double digits, developments in his campaign — such as changing his position on how to address the school assignment plan and the questions surrounding the Green endorsement — shouldn’t be happening.

“I’m amazed he’s doing all the things he’s doing (if he’s up nine),” Briscoe said. “It seems inconsistent to me that he would be doing those things.”

The poll shows that Jefferson County is leaning heavily Democratic in a year where the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate hails from Louisville, and the area’s congressman, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, is also on the ballot.

The poll also shows out-going Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson with a 71 percent approval rating.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


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