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KUHF-KHOU Election Poll Shows Voters Unimpressed With Mayoral Race

Houstonians are more optimistic about the direction the city is headed but they don't give all the credit to Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Numbers from the new KUHF-KHOU 11 News Election Poll show Parker's approval rating is good — but not many people say they'll vote for her in the upcoming election.


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The KUHF-KHOU 11 News election poll surveyed more than 400 registered voters in the City of Houston who say they are likely to vote in the November election.

Rice University Political Science Prof. Bob Stein conducted the poll and says people are more optimistic about Houston than they were two years ago.

“In 2011, the number one problem was, of course, the economy. Only 47 percent thought the city has heading in the right direction.”

Now more than 62 percent of voters say Houston is headed in the right direction.

Mayor Parker also has better job performance reviews this year. Right now, 57 percent of respondents say she’s doing an excellent or good job of running the city.

That’s ten points higher than in 2011.

But the news isn’t all good for her re-election campaign. Only 34 percent of those polled say they’re likely to vote for her now, compared to 37 percent two years ago.

This is not surprising. The mayor seems to run poorly in polls because people may think she’s doing a good job or at least the city’s going well, but they’re not willing to give her all that credit and they’re not necessarily warm to her as a candidate.”

Just 12 percent of people in the survey say they’re likely to vote for Parker’s chief opponent Ben Hall.

The biggest voting block at 48 percent is undecided. 

Ali Noorbaksh is one of them.

He just moved back to Houston after nearly a decade away and says he’s noticed more homeless people and not enough economic stimulus.

“I’m seeing the city slowly changing, we definitely have more people than when I was here before. It just seems like the city isn’t keeping up pace in terms of jobs. For example, when I moved, I lost my job before I even started it in the Med Center. But again, the job search was tough in this city.”

Hans Corella also recently moved to Houston and says he’d like to vote in November, but doesn’t know anything about the candidates.

“I have no preference yet, whatsoever, but I plan on getting to know more about Houston soon.”

Two years ago, half of the respondents to the KUHF-KHOU Election Poll didn’t know who they were going to vote for. By the time election day rolled around, they chose Annise Parker with just 51 percent of the vote.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

News Director

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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