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Poll: Citizens Like Nutter, Not His Job Performance

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new poll of Philadelphia residents shows they’re of two minds when it comes to Mayor Michael Nutter: they like the guy, but are not wild about the job he has done as mayor.

The Franklin and Marshall College ‘State of City Poll’ found that 50 percent of Philadelphia residents have a favorable view of Michael Nutter, who is now seeking re-election to a second term. 32 percent have an unfavorable view and 12 percent are undecided.

But, in a separate question, 2/3 of those surveyed rate his performance on the job as either fair or poor. Poll director Terry Madonna says only 1/3 looked favorably on the job he’s done.

“Mayor Nutter’s relative popularity exceeds his job performance. So people do like him personally, even if they don’t particularly like the job he’s doing now as mayor. About 34 percent of the residents of the city would rate the mayor’s job performance as positive, compared to 66 percent who would rate the job performance as fair or poor.”

Despite residents’ concerns about his performance, the poll found that Nutter would still easily beat any of several politicians who have been mentioned as possible challengers to the mayor in this year’s election. “He easily would best most of these people who have been talked about as potential opponents to him,” said Madonna.

Among the hypothetical races posed in the poll were Nutter versus Councilman Bill Green, State Senator Anthony Williams and businessman Tom Knox. Williams this week announced he will not challenge Nutter.

Nutter’s personal favorability rating in the survey was stronger among whites than blacks.

The survey shows that residents rate the job performance of City Council even worse — 3/4 of those questioned give Council a rating of just fair or downright poor.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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  • JustMe

    They certainly got what they asked for.

  • Stephanie Patterson

    When Nutter was running for Mayor, everyone in Philadelphia was screaming to “throw the bums out of City Hall.” So, what did you all do? YOU ELECTED ONE OF THE BUMS IN CITY HALL. Philadelphia, you got what you deserve.

  • JustMe

    I don’t like Nutter. I don’t like the way he’s running the city. I don’t like anything about him. He’s totally unqualified to be the Mayor and should be booted out of office. Anyone who re-elects him is an idiot.

  • Alec

    You people in Philly are crazy! Why in the world do you keep voting for the dem-liberals? Why o why o why? They are not going to give you money! Every city dem lover thinks they will get money from the officials. It’s never going to happen. John Street ripped you off, Nutter has done very little if anything. Fast Eddie stole time and money and left the place bankrupt and full of the J Street corruption. It’s so frustrating.

  • Jim Wilmer

    Same as when he was in city council. He had some great ideas. But he just didn’t have the ability to get things finished. He is a polititian. As long as the city isn’t hit with a severe crisis his true failings will remain hidden. Please pray for prosperity!!!!

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  • Marc

    I would like to meet some of the idiots who rate Nutter as favorable. He doesn’t do a thing for northeast Philly. My dog would be a better mayor then that big mouthed moron.

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