A poll business leaders commissioned about DeKalb County government indicates some confusion from voters about having an elected chief executive run daily operations.
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SOME OF THE POLL’S QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: In general, which of the following best describes how you feel about the direction of DeKalb County?
- 46.7% Wrong direction
- 35.4% Positive, need change
- 12.9% Positive, no change needed
- 5% No opinion
Q: Would you oppose DeKalb County switching from being the only CEO style county government in Georgia to the more typical format of a full time, salaried, chair and a professional full time county manager?
- 50.5% Would not oppose
- 29.7% Would oppose
- 19.8% No opinion
Q. For those who would oppose or have no opinion. If you had a chance to vote on the form of government in DeKalb County and you could change to a more standard Board of Commissioners with a chairman and a professional County Manager who does not receive campaign contributions or keep what we have, which would you vote for?*
- 62.3% Board with chairman and professional county manager
- 22.1% Keep what we have
- 15.6% No opinion
*Of those answering the conditional question, there was a divide among self-reported political party and race.
- 62.1 % of Democrats and 76.9% of Republicans support a county manager
- 20.60% of Democrats and 15% of Republicans support keeping the CEO system
Source: Telephone survey of 1,119 registered DeKalb County voters between Aug. 26 and 27 by HEG and Apache Political, two consulting firms. The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District funded the poll.