As I am sure the producers of the poll would tell you, this is unscientific poll due to many factors (not all registered SF voters, multiple votes, etc.) But it is a good starting point
Results are as of NOON, 3/8/18
I guess it doesn’t surprise me that Paul is leading in the poll. While I don’t agree with his campaign, he does have an enormous social media presence. He is also the candidate I hear the most discussion about.
Personally this doesn’t surprise me, I have been speculating for a couple of weeks that Jamison will be in the runoff. While I don’t hear his name mentioned, I think it is because Greg has wide support, and the people that are going to vote for him have already made up their minds in the General Election. When people bring up Paul or Jolene to me, they always have a lot of questions.
This is about where I have had Jolene for awhile. 3rd Place. But don’t under estimate Jolene, she could easily knock TenHaken out of the runoff. She is a very savvy and determined person and these results may just fuel her fire to work harder. Like I said above, I hear a lot of discussion about Jolene.
This actually surprises me. I have THOUGHT for awhile that Jim was the frontrunner. Maybe the $75K infusion of his own money was a sign he knew he was a little behind the 8-Ball through internal polling. Don’t underestimate Jim either. He is well known in the community, but mostly with the established business class. I don’t think his business involvement hurts his candidacy, I think only serving one term on the council when he could of easily served two terms may have hurt voters perception of him.
I actually had Kenny a little higher on the scale than this. But this also shouldn’t be a surprise. Kenny is being out spent by his opponents. Personally if I was running Kenny’s campaign I would tell him to definitely stay in the race to help drive the community conversation, but I would also encourage him to openly endorse Jamison BEFORE the general election.
Mike is a virtual unknown in the race and it is no surprise he is in last place.
There was also some questions about policy.
Crime comes in first place, but what surprises me is that Development & Growth outweighs Transparency and Roads. It also surprises me that Roads are so far down on the totem pole.
We have also known for a long time that affordable housing is very lacking in the community. I have said this has more to do with wages than actual housing costs. I also believe property taxes are too high in Sioux Falls, and with the prospect of building several new public schools on the horizon, we may see those taxes rise even more.
Like I said, this is an unscientific poll, but it is revealing in many ways.