SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Interim San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is well positioned to get elected to the job in November if he chooses to run, leading his nearest would-be challenger by a 3-1 margin, according to a KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll this week of registered voters in the city.

The poll, conducted for CBS 5 by the firm SurveyUSA, found Lee with an unheard of 53% favorability rating – much higher than other likely candidates in the race. Lee, who is the city’s first Asian mayor, was viewed favorably by all ethnic groups: Hispanics (49%), African-Americans (50%), Caucasions (53%) and Asians (56%).

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

The poll also found clear majorities of both men and women voters want Lee to get into the race.

The poll showed Lee would get 35% of the vote if the election were held currently; the next three closest candidates – Michela Alioto-Pier, Dennis Herrera and Bevan Dufty – each received 10% of the vote. The other five named candidates in the poll all finished in single-digits and none received a positive favorability rating.

SurveyUSA interviewed 528 registered voters in the city on July 30 and 31 for the CBS 5 poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

>> Download The Complete CBS 5 Poll Results (.pdf)

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)


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