In the lead up to the Dec. 16 runoff, the Austin mayoral race seems to be tilting in favor of attorney Steve Adler, at least according to one recent poll.
The poll, commissioned by the Austin Monitor and conducted by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, North Carolina, showed 56 percent of voters leaning toward a vote for Adler, with 35 percent saying they would vote for his opponent, Councilmember Mike Martinez.
The phone poll of 846 likely voters was conducted Nov. 12 and 13.
While voters who supported Sheryl Cole for the mayor’s position were split on whether to vote for Martinez – Cole got 13 percent of the vote – a large number of Todd Phelps’ supporters were planning to vote for Adler. Phelps got 10 percent of the vote, and has endorsed Adler.
Adler also had wide support among women, 62 percent of whom said they had a favorable opinion of him, versus 53 percent who said the same of Martinez.
Peck Young, director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College, said in an interview with the Austin Monitor that the poll results aren’t surprising. “I think the poll is pretty accurate,” Young said. “Mike’s got one fundamental problem, and that is that he’s an incumbent. There is a major change out there among the electorate. What kind of change, I think they’re trying to figure out, and I think the support for Adler reflects that.”