City Councilor Patti Bushee remains the front-runner for the mayor’s race in Santa Fe, but Javier Gonzales is closing in, according to a new poll released today.
The poll, conducted by Washington DC-based Third Eye Strategies and commissioned by Santa Fe Working Families, a political action committee formed earlier this month that supports Gonzales for mayor, says that Gonzales is within 4 points of Bushee’s lead.
“It’s good news for Javier supporters,” says Keegan King, the PAC’s treasurer. “It shows the race is tightening up a bit.”
Bushee leads with 28 percent of likely voter support compared to Gonzales’ 24 percent. That’s close enough to be within the poll’s margin of error, which equals plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. Bill Dimas trails both Bushee and Gonzales with 16 percent.
For Gonzales, the poll is a growth of 13 points from the last public poll also conducted by Third Eye Strategies in late October. Four mayoral candidates have dropped out of the race since then, and two of them have gone on to support Gonzales. He’s also amassed endorsements from several organized labor groups as well as the Sierra Club.
Bushee jumped 4 points, from 24 percent in late October to 28 percent now, while support for Dimas increased from 11 percent to 16 percent.
Bushee also has the highest favorable and unfavorable marks among likely voters, with 47 percent reporting a favorable opinion of her and 27 reporting an unfavorable opinion. Gonzales' favorability ranks at 43 percent while his unfavorability came in at 15 percent. For Dimas, the numbers came in at 34 percent favorable and 24 percent unfavorable.
Notably, one-third of likely voters (31 percent) still remain undecided.
The poll sampled 400 registered Santa Fe voters by cell phone and landline calls between Jan. 16-22. The city election will be held on March 4.