Nutter’s re-election odds good despite poll numbers

Even though Philadelphia residents say it’s time for a change, a new poll has some good news for Mayor Nutter’s re-election bid.

The Franklin and Marshall College poll says 53 percent of Philadelphians want a new mayor.  Poll director Terry Madonna says even so, there is no one who can beat incumbent Michael Nutter.

“The fundamental problem with challenging the mayor is there is no one on the scene at the moment a likely candidate with name recognition or resources to properly challenge him effectively.”

Madonna says the mayor, like President Obama, is hurt by the economy.

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“If the economy were to get better and the fiscal situation of the city gets maybe not rectified but certainly modified a bit and less dire I think you would see the mayor’s job performance go up.'”

Madonna says Nutter also parallels Obama in that they hare personally popular despite having low job-approval ratings.

The survey has a margin of error of 4.9 percent

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