Fifty-one percent of District residents polled in recent days disapprove of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty‘s job performance, according to WJLA-TV, and get this—-“even more believe he cares more about advancing his career than about the city’s needs.”

The poll, echoing another poll done earlier this summer, shows an emerging racial split on Hizzoner. Where 23 percent of blacks approved of Fenty, 66 percent of whites approved.

And members of his own party like him less than others: “Among Democrats, Fenty had a 54-percent disapproval rating. Throughout the survey, Democrats judged Fenty more harshly than Republicans or independents, who make up a very small percentage of District voters.”

All this despite the fact that 72 percent of the 500 households polled by SurveyUSA felt that crime had improved or at least not worsened.

Margin of error for the automated poll is 4.5 percent.

ORIGINAL POST: Did Gordon Peterson call you last night?

LL received a report this morning that the avuncular WJLA-TV anchor was heard on a robocall sent to D.C. households last night, introducing a poll on local issues.

Among the issues polled: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty‘s approval; his current support relative to at his inauguration; school reform; and mayor-council relations.

LL is told that the poll results will be released by WJLA-TV at 3 p.m. today and that the results are “interesting.”

Updates to come. If you got the call, describe it in the comments.