Poll shows why Norwood is in pole position for Atlanta mayor’s race

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Councilwoman Mary Norwood has carved out a commanding lead in the race for Atlanta mayor, but the No. 2 spot in what’s likely to be a runoff for the city’s top job is up for grabs, according to an 11Alive poll released Wednesday.

The poll conducted by SurveyUSA has Norwood, the runner-up in the 2009 mayor’s race, with about 27 percent of the vote – more than double her closest competitor in the crowded field.

She’s followed by a jumble of candidates all within the margin of error: City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is at 10 percent, Councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms and Kwanza Hall are both at 9 percent, state Sen. Vincent Fort is at 8 percent and former Atlanta chief operating officer Peter Aman and ex-City Council President Cathy Woolard each notched 6 percent.

Trailing behind is Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves, a late entrant into the race, at 4 percent. The rest of the candidates logged less than 1 percent. A whopping 20 percent remain undecided.

The poll is the latest to show Norwood in pole position for one of the two runoff spots. A WSB poll released in March showed her with roughly the same level of support. And many of the other candidates are already game-planning a potential runoff against her.

A deeper dive into the crosstabs shows why: She led the field among both white and black voters. She tallied nearly 40 percent support of voters 65 and older – the most likely bloc to vote. And she held a slim majority of Republican voters, along with nearly a quarter of Democrats and independents.

She even leads the pack among voters who say they’re either “very liberal” or “very conservative.”

Norwood’s top critics – Aman has been one of the more aggressive – hope to take the wind out of her sails ahead of the November vote. His campaign sent out a memo arguing that he is “just starting to emerge” thanks to a new marketing push and strong fundraising. He reported the most cash-on-hand of any candidates.

Other contenders are planning elbows-out campaigns for that No. 2 spot by plunking each other. Mitchell and Bottoms are neck-and-neck for second place among black voters and those older than 50. Hall is tied with Norwood in the younger set – voters 18-34 – and Fort and Woolard are in striking distance.

A final note: Of the one-fifth of voters who are undecided, a majority defines themselves as middle-of-the-road – ranging from somewhat conservative to somewhat liberal – on the political spectrum.

See the crosstabs for yourself here.

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36 comments
Gary Huckaby
Gary Huckaby

Cant be any worst than now or in the past 20 years.

Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

Could we go along in the middle somewhere? Why does it have to be extreme right or left?

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

I would support and vote for her if I lived there.

Kisha KC Green
Kisha KC Green

Really? That racist dog whistle of a campaign slogan doesn't bother you? Mayor for ALL of Atlanta. Who does she think has been excluded? \U0001f644

Antwon Stephens
Antwon Stephens

Baseless rhetoric not working on me sweetie. Have a wonderful day!

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

If the liberals hate her just do the opposite

scooderpup
scooderpup

Or you could try something's not completely new and turn off Fox News, read, and think with your own brain.

Mary Anne Carpenter
Mary Anne Carpenter

Go Mary. You can do it ! Bring on the best campaign you can possibly can. Do Trump type gathetinga day afyet day after day. Pound the pavement lady ! You can do it ! Go for it ! I watched you the last time. You made a lot of noise. This time lets hear THUNDER !

Chris Collins
Chris Collins

Atlanta needs to be back under white control, Democrats have almost ruined this entire Country.

Jani Bowe Bagheri
Jani Bowe Bagheri

Take a seat, dude. We refuse to have that "whites need to be in control" mentality have any part of this country.

Zain Malik
Zain Malik

"Lives in Augusta, Georgia" \U0001f612 Newsflash: Republicans have totally controlled the state since 2004. Republicans control everything and don't know how to govern.

Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller

white privilege is a joke, just like the week minded pathetic individuals who spout it.

John Smith
John Smith

Anything would be an improvement.

Willie Leak
Willie Leak

Sooner or later people in Atlanta will learn that those who move the most money around will rule the city no matter what party is in the Mayor's seat. Like KR said " Atlanta is no longer a Black and White city; it's a international city"

Mary Anne Carpenter
Mary Anne Carpenter

You are a #Melting #snowflake loser #idiot jerk #scumbag #racist #bigot

Jerry H Holloway
Jerry H Holloway

Good Lord when are people going to quit listening to polls this last election showed you can't believe them

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

I've said it a million times, she's a conservative Republican. Need proof - read the article, her biggest network? Republicans and those 65+. Handing the reigns of Atlanta over to a Republican would be a step 20 years backwards.

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Jerry H Holloway yes! Totally! Right on bro! Great use of the mindless talking point.......... So dumb.

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Reggie Miller it'd sure be a boon for North Fulton and wealthy residents. Not so sure the rest of Atlanta would fare so well though.

John Anthony Mooradian
John Anthony Mooradian

Cities that are run by democrats, are the ones that are in decline. Take a look at Chicago, Detroit and several others.

Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller

she would be a drastic improvement over the last 4 or 5 corrupt mayors...

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

John Anthony Mooradian as compared to states run by Republicans? Take a look at Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas and many others! Literally, some 3rd world countries have better health outcomes and quality of life than the residents of these states..... But stick to your talking point!

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A lot younger folks are Dr.Norwood Babhies. My youngest daughter upis one of the first babies he nmppmet in the hospital.