A new poll commissioned by Palmetto Business Daily finds that Mt. Pleasant voters are most interested in reducing traffic congestion and slowing development. It also finds that Mayor Linda Page has her work cut out for her in the November elections.
“A plurality of voters – 41% — cite traffic congestion as the most important issue facing Mt. Pleasant, and slowing the rate of development comes in second at 35%,” said Jim Williams, issue polling specialist with Raleigh, NC-based Public Policy Polling (PPP), which conducted the survey for Palmetto Business Daily.
Only 13 percent of voters cited “keeping taxes low” as the most important issue, and 7 percent said “attracting new business and jobs” was the most important issue.
“This survey should be a clear wake up call to local politicians that their constituents want their roads and traffic fixed as soon as possible,” said Curt Mercadante, principal of Charleston-based public affairs firm Gravina Public Strategies. “It also should be a wake up call to the business community that they need to do a better job of communicating the need for responsible growth that provides housing for our growing workforce, keeps home prices in check, and allows our economy to continue to grow.”
The survey also found that Mayor Page’s unfavorable ratings outpace her favorable ratings.
“We find Mayor Page underwater in terms of her favorability rating – with 45 percent holding an unfavorable opinion and just 35 percent with a favorable one,” added Williams.
Among those respondents who are “certain” to vote in the November town elections, the numbers are slightly worse for Page, with 48 percent holding an unfavorable opinion.
“The good news for Mayor Page is that there’s a long time between now and November,” said Mercadante. “There are also a lot of new voters in the town who may not even be aware of the upcoming elections. If she can run a modern, efficient campaign that introduces herself to many of these new voters and turns them out, she can certainly turn this around.”
Mercadante noted that there were about 30,000 Mt. Pleasant voters who voted in the 2016 elections that did not vote int he 2015 town elections.
Town council member Will Haynie is currently the only announced candidate to oppose Page in the November mayoral election.
The survey was conducted among 430 likely Mt. Pleasant voters from May 4-8, 2017, and has a margin of error of +/- 4.7%.
PPP is a nationally-recognized public opinion survey firm. In 2014, a YouGov analysis found that PPP was the most accurate pollster in governor’s races across the country. In 2012, PPP correctly predicted the winner of every state in the U.S. presidential race, as well as the winner of every major U.S. Senate race.