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The federal investigation into Vince Gray‘s 2010 campaign might not keep the ex-mayor from winning office in Ward 7. A new poll funded by a political action committee organized by Gray’s supporters finds a near-majority of Ward 7 respondents think that prosecutors and the media mistreated Gray during the investigation.
Since the investigation ended in December with no charges for Gray, he’s been considering D.C. Council runs at-large or for his old Ward 7 seat, currently held by former ally Yvette Alexander.
In the automated telephone poll conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, 46 percent of respondents of the 407 Ward 7 likely Democratic voters said Gray wasn’t “treated fairly” by prosecutors, compared to 31 percent who thought he was. 49 percent of respondents didn’t think the media treated Gray fairly, while 31 percent said he was treated fairly. The poll has a margin of error of +/-4.4 percent.
The 1,569 likely Democratic voters polled citywide proved less sympathetic to Gray. In the citywide poll, respondents were almost evenly divided on prosecutors’ treatment of Gray, with 40 percent saying it was fair and 39 percent saying it wasn’t fair. 46 percent of citywide respondents said the media treated Gray fairly, while 35 percent said he wasn’t treated fairly.
The citywide poll had a +/- 2.5 percent margin of error.
The poll found a racial divide in opinions of the nearly five-year Gray investigation. White voters were likely to say Gray was treated fairly, while black voters were more likely to say he wasn’t. See the cross-tabs below.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery