DC mayor's approval ratings continue to sag

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 6:21 AM
DC mayor's approval ratings continue to sag

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray's approval ratings continue to suffer after a first year in office marked by scandals and questionable staffing decisions that led to a federal investigation.

A new Clarus poll released Thursday shows Gray with a 34 percent approval rating. That's three points higher than his approval mark from a poll in March. But his disapproval rating has spiked significantly, from 40 percent to 53 percent.

The poll shows a stark racial divide among district voters. Among blacks, Gray's approval rating is 48 percent and his disapproval rating is 37 percent. Sixteen percent of whites approve of his performance, while 77 percent disapprove.

The poll of 500 registered voters was conducted from Monday to Wednesday and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.