Richard Piatt ReportingNancy Workman: "Well we've had our ups and downs. We've been charged, which is a downer."
An exclusive poll, hot off the press shows that criminal charges have been a big downer for Salt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman. The effects of two counts of Misusing Public Funds have sent Workman's approval rating to an all-time low. That's according to an exclusive poll for KSL and the Deseret Morning News by Dan Jones and Associates this week.
In May, Workman was a sure bet to win the re-election. Four months ago 40 percent said they'd vote for her. Now the race is a long shot for her. This week, after charges were filed, Nancy Workman's approval rating dropped to 12 percent. That gives Democrat Peter Corroon a definite boost, with 43 percent approval from the 361 people polled.
Independent Merrill Cook also got more support, doubling approval from a previous poll to 20 percent now.
At a 'Meet the Candidates forum today, Workman acknowledged she is down, but is still refusing to quit.
Nancy Workman: "We got a chance to win in this campaign; it's going to be a wild ride."
Also this week, Workman's campaign bought about $125,000 worth of TV and cable time to run a new ad. But it's going to take more than that. Her lawyer is pushing for a quick trial and, she hopes, acquittal.
Chris Bleak, Workman Campaign Manager: "I think a speedy trial is critical. She needs to be tried and acquitted by a jury of her peers."
Democrat Peter Corroon is reluctant to be too confident. At the same time, he is not intimidated by Workman's media buy.
Peter Corroon, (D) Candidate for SL County Mayor: "There was wrongdoing, and we can't use an advertisement to wipe away wrongdoing that went on."
Workman will try for an expedited trial date Monday morning, when she faces two counts of Misuse of Public funds in court. But even if she can get a trial, and is acquitted, Pollster Dan Jones says it's still going to be tough.
Dan Jones, Political Pollster: "I've never had anyone at 12 percent win an election. This is an unusual election, though."
Here are more questions people are asking: Should Workman keep running as the Republican candidate for County Mayor? Should she quit her job unless she's found guilty?
Read about the results of the poll's findings on those questions Saturday morning, exclusively in the Deseret Morning News.