Poll: Mary Norwood still on top in Atlanta mayoral race


Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood leads a field of more than 10 candidates hoping to succeed Kasim Reed as the city’s next mayor, according to a new poll.

Norwood has the backing of 27 percent of voters in a poll conducted by WXIA Channel 11 and SurveyUSA. She is followed by Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who has 10 percent support, while city councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms and Kwanza Hall have received 9 percent each.

VIDEO: A look back at the May 2017 polling results

About 10 percent of voters are undecided. The poll, only the second public survey of the campaign so far, interviewed 1,085 adults in the city of Atlanta between July 11 and July 18. Of those, 961 were registered to vote.

“Norwood's support is disproportionately older; she gets 38 percent of the vote among seniors,” WXIA/SurveyUSA said. “Among the city's youngest voters, Norwood and Hall tie.”

Norwood’s numbers are similar to those from a poll released in March by 

Landmark Rosetta Stone for Channel 2 Action News. In that poll, Norwood received 28.6 percent of voter support, followed by state Sen. Vincent Fort at 9.3 percent.

In the WXIA poll, Fort’s support is at 8 percent, good enough for fifth place. Peter Aman, the city’s former chief operating officer earlier in Reed’s administration, had the backing of 6 percent of voters.

A spokewoman for Aman said her candidate’s message of “advancing Atlanta together” is resonating with voters. Aman, who is making his first run for office, had 1.8 percent support in the March poll. 

“Peter Aman gained a whopping 4.2 points in just a few months,” the spokeswoman said. “This is some serious momentum.”

Former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard is at 6 percent, Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is at 4 percent and former Atlanta Workforce Development Agency director is at 1 percent. 

The remaining candidates, which includes Al Bartell, Labien King and Debra Ann Hampton, all failed to gain any support in the poll.    

MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.

The AJC's Leon Stafford keeps you updated on the latest in the Atlanta mayoral race and everything else going on at City Hall. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in Atlanta politics. Subscribe to myAJC.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Ex-DNC chief Brazile in Atlanta: Answers still needed about 2016 election
Ex-DNC chief Brazile in Atlanta: Answers still needed about 2016 election

Former Democratic party chief Donna Brazile said Sunday she “totally agrees” with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s assertion that we need to “get to the bottom of what happened” in the 2016 election. “She’s absolutely right that we have to take a backstep and get a full accounting of what happened with...
Local kratom users question official warnings about related deaths
Local kratom users question official warnings about related deaths

Local users don’t believe kratom is deadly and say it’s no more addictive than coffee or tea, with similar withdrawal symptoms after long-term, heavy use. The plant-based supplement has been consumed for thousands of years, but started making headlines in 2016, when the Drug Enforcement Administration tried to temporarily place the...
Police: Florida woman kills husband, hides his duct taped body in closet
Police: Florida woman kills husband, hides his duct taped body in closet

A 65-year-old Florida woman was arrested and accused of murdering her husband and then hiding his duct-taped body behind a brick wall she built inside a closet.  Barbara Wozniak, of Shalimar, was charged with second-degree murder Friday night while she was already in the Okaloosa County jail on another charge of tampering with evidence...
Police: UGA student hit 110 mph while using social media during chase
Police: UGA student hit 110 mph while using social media during chase

A University of Georgia student might have gotten away if he didn’t use his cellphone to record his speed on Snapchat while leading a police chase, Athens-Clarke County police say. Hunter Ty Wilkerson reached speeds of 110 mph during the Thursday morning chase before he ran off the road, went airborne and crashed into several parked cars, according...
LaToya Cantrell elected first female mayor of New Orleans
LaToya Cantrell elected first female mayor of New Orleans

LaToya Cantrell made history Saturday night as she was elected New Orleans’ first female mayor, the Times-Picayune reported. Cantrell defeated fellow Democrat and former Judge Desiree Charbonnet to become the 51st mayor in a city that will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its founding 2018. Cantrell, a city councilwoman, got...
More Stories