"Hearing these numbers confirms what I have been hearing from voters knocking on doors and going to their neighborhood association meetings: that they have had enough with the current direction our city is going in and are looking for a new direction, and Voters are responding to our message for change," Ballard said. "Whether its accountability for public safety or demanding leaner government, we need one city with one vision looking out for taxpayers, not the politicians."According to the poll, voters gave Peterson a resounding failing vote on fighting crime. By a margin of 51%-36%, voters agreed that Peterson had not done enough to fight crime. By a 47%-37% margin, those same voters agreed Peterson's police merger had not been successful. That merger plan ceded control of law enforcement to Sheriff Frank Anderson (D). Ballard has stated he would seek to return control of law enforcement to the mayor's office if he is elected mayor.
The poll also sampled voters on their view towards eliminating townships and merging fire department. The results were decidedly more mixed. By a 38%-31% margin, voters said they supported efforts to streamline local government in this manner. Results on how voters feel about taxes both in Marion County and statewide will be revealed in tomorrow's news broadcast.
The poll claims a margin of error of 3.5%, plus or minus. The breakout of the poll's sample is as follows:
Democrats - 160 (40%)
Republicans - 132 (33%)
Other - 108 (27%)
White - 284 (71%)
Black - 92 (23%)
Other - 24 (6%