BUFFALO, NY - Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown currently holds a two-to-one lead over challenger Bernie Tolbert among registered Democratic voters asked who they would vote for if the Democratic primary were held today. Only 13 percent of Democrats were undecided.
A Siena College poll commissioned by WGRZ and The Buffalo News also found that while 65 percent of total respondents feel that Buffalo "is on the right track" (versus just 27 percent who say it's "headed in the wrong direction"), the City still gets low marks in categories such as education and employment opportunities, and fair-to-decent ratings in police work and condition of public infrastructure. (The poll also questioned Republicans, Independents and others in addition to Democrats.)
Even so, Brown's favorability among Democrats stands at a solid 66 percent, compared to 31 percent reporting an unfavorable rating.
See complete results from the poll in the PDF file accompanying this article.
Among the findings:
Is the City of Buffalo on the right track, or is it headed in the wrong direction?
Total Dem Rep Other
Right track 65% 70% 60% 51%
Wrong direction 27% 23% 31% 42%
Don't know/No opinion 8% 7% 9% 7%
Rate the job done by the police to keep citizens safe:
Don't know 3%
(Democrats only) If the Democratic primary for Mayor were held today who would you vote for if the candidates were:
Byron Brown 60%
Bernie Tolbert 26%
Don't know/No opinion 13%
Look for more coverage of the mayor's race poll in Sunday's Bufffalo News and an interview with Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy on Sunday's Daybreak.