Daly leading Black in San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce poll
By Emmett Bergr, Bay City News Service
October 19, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A vice president at the San Francisco
Chamber Commerce said today "it's too early" to gauge
the Nov. 7 race for District 6 supervisor between incumbent Chris
Daly and challenger Rob Black, even as a chamber-commissioned
poll showed Daly in the lead.
Jim Lazarus, the chamber's spokesman for public policy, said
last month's poll of 600 likely voters showed incumbent Chris
Daly leading his main challenger, Rob Black, by 10 percentage
Daly had the support of 34 percent of respondents, compared to
24 percent for Black, with 26 percent undecided, 11 percent preferring
other candidates and 7 percent refusing to respond, according
The same poll found Mayor Gavin Newsom with an 80 percent approval
rating, more than one year out from the 2007 mayoral election.
Newsom's high approval was touted in statements from the Chamber
while the District 6 polling was absent from the public release
of the poll today.
"The polling for District 6 was done a month ago,"
Lazarus said. "It's too early."
Lazarus said polling for the District 4 open seat race to succeed
Supervisor Fiona Ma was also left out of the public release of
Lazarus said supervisorial races had a low level of campaign
activity and name recognition until the days immediately preceding
Election Day, making polling "pretty inconclusive,"
Besides Newsom's 80 percent approval rating, the poll reported
65 percent in favor of requiring a public hearing before "any
proposition could be placed on a ballot," and a majority
supported preventing supervisors from placing propositions on
the ballot while running for re-election."
Currently it takes only four votes on the 11-member Board of
Supervisors to place a proposition before voters.
The mayor also has unilateral authority to place propositions
David Binder Research conducted the poll for the Chamber. The
results have a margin of error of 4 percent.
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