Poll: Charbonnet leads mayoral race, Cantrell in 2nd

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 21, 2017 - 1:34 pm

The latest polling in the race for New Orleans mayor shows that with just over three weeks to go, two women are poised to make the runoff.

The independent poll commissioned by VoicePac shows the following:

  • Desiree Charbonnet    26%
  • Latoya Cantrell        17%
  • Michael Bagneris        11%
  • Troy Henry             5%

VoicePac is releasing the poll ahead of a debate between the top candidates.

"The four candidates will meet in the first televised debate on Wednesday, September 27th from Loyola University’s Roussel Hall. The debate will air on public television station WLAE-TV Channel 14 from 8PM - 9:30PM."  

Businessman Sidney Torres launched VoicePac to "challenge the candidates for mayor to provide detailed plans on how to address the challenges facing New Orleans." 

The poll found 24 percent of voters undecided or refusing to answer.

''There is a huge undecided, I mean if you look at the undecided in some of the other  polls that were done too, there's still a very large undecided,'' said Torres.

Torres said that unlike other polls, this one asked about all the candidates, not just some of the better-known names: ''The numbers are going to look a little different because we're trying out whose going to meet the threshold to be in the debate. So it's a little different than some of the other polls that are out there."

VoicePac says, "The public opinion poll was conducted by Multi-Quest International pollster John Grimm.  The poll documented the attitudes and opinions of 550 Orleans Parish registered voters, and was conducted from Friday, September 15 through Monday, September 18." 


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