How would Ward 8 feel if Marion Barry was no longer representing them on the D.C. Council?

As soon as we got this question, we began going door-to-door to poll the 26,742 households in Ward 8. As of press time, we’d gotten to 11,932 of them.* Results were mixed: Some people support Barry. Others don’t. Based on the number of challengers preparing to primary him in April, we get the impression that there’s not a unified opinion in or outside of Ward 8 on the former Mayor for Life. But based on Barry’s long track record of navigating those divisions en route to re-election, we suspect that the one certain answer to the question of how residents would feel were Barry to stop representing them is this one: surprised.

*We didn’t actually do this.