Now an official candidate, Rick Baker still leads Rick Kriseman by double-digits, new poll shows

May 17th, 2017
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The race for St. Petersburg mayor is heating up, with a new poll showing Republican Rick Baker has a double-digit lead over Democrat Rick Kriseman.

A new St. Pete Polls survey found Baker 46 percent of registered St. Petersburg voters said they would pick Baker in a head-to-head matchup, while 33 percent picked Kriseman. Twenty percent of voters polled said they were unsure.

The St. Pete Polls automated survey of 1,237 registered voters was conducted on May 16. The poll — conducted for — has a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

Baker has held a wide margin over Kriseman for months now. A St. Pete Polls survey conducted on Jan. 30 showed Baker would defeat Kriseman by 10 points — 47 percent to 37 percent. At the time, 16 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

“No matter what the polls say we will run hard to the finish,” said Baker in a statement. “I understand that I need to earn every vote and I intend to do that. My goal is, for all of us together, to build a seamless city.”

Baker received strong support from his own party, with nearly 73 percent of Republicans saying they had a favorable opinion of him. The poll found 49 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independent voters had a favorable opinion of Baker.

The survey found nearly 61 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of Kriseman, while nearly 43 percent of independent voters said they had a favorable opinion of him. Republicans don’t think highly of Kriseman, with nearly more than 57 percent of Republicans saying they had an unfavorable view of Kriseman.

More than 44 percent of respondents said the city’s recent sewage issues will be a “major factor” in their decision for who they vote for in the upcoming mayoral race; while 36 percent said it will be a “minor factor.” About 15 percent of respondents said it won’t be “a factor at all.”

Baker, who announced he was running for mayor earlier this month, served as mayor from 2001 until 2010.

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