Poll: Anderson Leads Mayoral Race Among All Registered Voters

Poll: Anderson Leads Mayoral Race Among All Registered Voters

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mayor Rocky Anderson holds a strong lead among all registered voters but is neck-and-neck with Frank Pignanelli among voters most likely to go to the polls in Tuesday's mayoral primary, a new survey found.

Anderson was favored by 45 percent of the 764 registered voters surveyed by Dan Jones & Associates for KSL-TV and the Deseret News, which reported the results in a copyright story Sunday. Twenty-eight percent favored Pignanelli and 18 percent backed Molonai Hola. Five percent didn't know and other candidates got 1 percent or less.

Among those considered most likely to vote, Anderson had 38 percent support, Pignanelli 33 percent and Hola 23 percent.

The telephone survey was conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.

Anderson, a lapsed Mormon, was supported by 19 percent of voters who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and by 60 percent of the Catholic voters.

Pignanelli, a Catholic, was supported by 41 percent of the Mormons and 26 percent of the Catholics.

Hola, a Mormon, was supported by 30 percent of the Mormon voters.

The race officially is nonpartisan. However, Anderson and Pignanelli are Democrats and Hola is a Republican.

Anderson was favored by 66 percent of the Democrats, Pignanelli by 19 percent and Hola by 6 percent of the Democrats.

Hola was supported by 32 percent of the Republicans, Anderson by 18 percent and Pignanelli by 38 percent.

Jones said the city is about one-third Democratic, one-third Republican and one-third independent.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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