A poll out yesterday showed that Omahans are not gruntled with city government. Not gruntled at all. (Oh, it’s a word.)
You can read the entire poll commissioned by the MOPOA — you know, the Metropolitan Omaha Property Owners Association (moh-poh-uh…) — here.
A few highlights:
(400 registered voters, in Omaha, by phone, August 2nd-4th, 2010.)
City of Omaha, “Right Direction” or “Wrong Track”?
Right direction: 19% ( uh oh)
Wrong track: 70% (yowza!)
No opinion: 11% (Really, 44 registered voters had no opinion on this question? How can you not at least pick one?)
Approve or Disapprove way Jim Suttle handling job as Mayor?
Approve: 23% (ugh)
Disapprove: 67% (holy crap)
Undecided: 10% (really, you must have just caught them in the middle of a “So You Think You Can Dance” marathon)
When you look at the details of the DISAPPROVAL for Suttle you see this breakdown
That is a lot of people un-gruntled about the Mayor. Not even his fellow Democrats are gruntling.
So how do Omaha residents see their own Councilpersons? (Councilpeople?)
Here’s the list: (Approval / Disapproval)
District 1: Pete Festersen – 50/24 (only 50% Pete?)
District 2: Ben Gray – 42/41 (uh oh…)
District 3: Chris Jerram – 57/25
District 4: Garry Gernandt – 56/28
District 5: Jean Stothert – 58/23
District 6: Franklin Thompson – 53/33
District 7: Thomas Mulligan – 49/25 (not great – and that last presser in the road may not have done anything for him)
Of course, as a rule, voters in each district are heavily against increasing either property taxes, or the 4% entertainment tax.
And they aren’t nuts about the Police nad Fire contracts either, so those Councilmen who vote “Aye” may see their numbers tumble.
The Mayor’s mouthpiece, Ron Penzkowski, essentially said that people don’t know what they want, so screw them (we’re paraphrasing here).
But don’t kid yourself.
It is polls like these that start the fires kindling in the bellies of politicians-to-be and wanna-bes.
Expect many drums to continue to bang.