WJLA is touting a new poll they commissioned SurveyUSA to do about Mayor Fenty. The big headline is his (lack of) approval, though I think it’s much more interesting how the breakdown by race goes: 69%of black voters disapproved but only 24% of whites disapproved. SurveyUSA has the full poll results online so you can see how the 500 people queried break down by any number of categories.
WJLA is also making a lot of hay out of another answer: “In perhaps the most damaging area of the poll, 58 percent thought Fenty more focused on advancing his career than on the community’s needs,” but unfortunately the poll fails to ask the follow-up question that might make this a worthwhile bit of information: “Do you think most politicians are more focused on advancing their career than representing their constituents?”
Without knowing people’s baseline opinion on politicians – which overall tend to be poor – this isn’t really much of an indictment.