Lexington mayor's race tightens to within 6 points, cn|2 Poll shows

10/11/2010 07:10 PM

  • Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry’s lead over Vice Mayor Jim Gray has shrunk from double digits to less than 6-point lead as accusations on television commercials have taken over the race, the latest cn|2 Poll shows.

Newberry was leading Gray by 13 points in the cn|2 Poll from August.

The latest cn|2 Poll shows Newberry with nearly 43% compared to more than 37% for Gray. About 19% say they’re still undecided.

The cn|2 Poll of 450 likely voters in Fayette County was conducted Oct. 6 and 7 by interviewers for Braun Research Inc. of Princeton, N.J. It has a margin of error of 4.6 points. Click here to view the crosstabs ad details of the Lexington-Fayette County poll.

Here a report from cn|2’s Don Weber about some of the issues that has shaped the race recently:

Both Newberry and Gray have dropped any allusions of it being a pleasant race last week with commercials such as these:

Still, both men have high job approval ratings, according to the latest cn|2 Poll. Newberry’s is more than 69% and Gray’s is above 59%.

Some other results from the Lexington-Fayette County poll:

  • More than half of the likely voters polled said they approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing. The 54.9% approval rating was more than 15 points higher than the approval rating Obama has from respondents in last week’s statewide poll of likely Kentucky voters.
  • Nearly 48% of respondents say they want Democrats to control Congress after the elections, compared to nearly 40% who would rather see Republicans take control. Those results are a flip of the statewide results in that question.
  • Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway leads Republican candidate Rand Paul by more than 8 points in Lexington, 48.9% to 40.3%. However, last week’s statewide poll showed Paul leading Conway in the 6th congressional district that includes Fayette County and 15 other counties in Central Kentucky.
  • More than 85% of respondents said Lexington was prepared to host the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.


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