Filner leads DeMaio by 7 points in latest mayoral poll
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, continues to hold a lead
over Councilman Carl DeMaio in the race for mayor of San Diego, according to
a poll released Monday.
The poll, conducted by Survey USA, showed that 47
percent of 601 likely voters preferred Filner to 40 percent for DeMaio. Another
13 percent were undecided.
Compared to last month's poll, Filner lost three percentage points while
DeMaio gained two.
The findings showed a wide gender gap between the two candidates. Filner
led among women, 50 percent to 43 percent, while DeMaio had an advantage
among men, 46 percent to 35 percent.
The survey also found that while the candidates were tied at 43 percent
for voters under the age of 50, older voters preferred Filner by a 51-to-37
Filner also led by 5 percent among moderates, 13 percent among those who
voted for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher in the primary election, and 12 percent
among those who voted for District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in June.
The DeMaio campaign could point to two positive signs. The nearly one-
quarter of those surveyed who have already returned ballots favored the
councilman 47 percent to 42 percent.
Also, 46 percent of those included in the poll identified themselves as
Democrats, 6 points higher than are registered in the city, according to
figures from the county Registrar of Voters Office. Republicans were over-
sampled by 3 percent.
The telephone canvassing was conducted Friday through Sunday.