Congratulations to Mayor TenHaken on his high approval rating!

Believe it or not, I do want to commend him on his approval rating.

It’s not easy achieving that high of a rating, but . . .

I wanted to point out that this was put together by a private firm, and I question the use of the language ‘Rock Star’. I talked to someone who works for a private public relations firm (not the one Paul used) and he told me it was likely the questions were written by Paul and his PAC since he paid for the survey. In other words, if you ask the right questions you get the right answers. It is also obvious that this poll was put together to help raise money for Paul in whatever he plans on running for in the future. It had to look rosy. Lastly, when you have someone else run the city (COS Erica Beck) and do very little in your duty as mayor, it’s not hard to get a good approval rating. Most people in this city that vote in city elections tend to be conservative in nature (and older) and one of the reasons he got elected. They don’t like change, and TenHaken has really proven that he has not only NOT changed much, he hasn’t done much. While he touts 5G as one of his greatest achievements, it really isn’t that big of a deal, except for those investing in it (and I question if he is investing in it).

In normal circumstances, no matter who the mayor is, they will tend to get a good rating. I did however chuckle about the fact that 15% of the VOTERS that were polled didn’t know who our mayor was. The consultant I talked to said that number is low and expected more voters didn’t know who he is. I would totally understand if you were a non-registered voter, but I find it baffling that 15% of voters in Sioux Falls don’t know who leads the city. I have often argued if you stopped 10 people on the street DT and verified with them they are SF registered voters that maybe 1 of them could name all 8 city councilors. And I would be surprised if the rest of them could name 1 or 2. What I have found following city politics for over 20 years, not many people pay attention to who or what our city leaders are doing. Besides my blog and the Argus Leader, our other media in town follows very little city politics and if they do it is usually something positive our mayor or city council is doing. It’s sad really. I’m the kind of person that likes to hear the good with the bad and make my own decision on whether our local elected officials are doing a good job. This trend by the news (nationwide) of hiding bad things from us only builds mistrust or ignorance.

Paul really has the local media to thank for his popularity, because it’s NOT based on the fact that people are informed and our city government is open and transparent, it’s based on the fact that most city voters are oblivious to what goes on at city hall.


#1 Pundit on 10.10.20 at 6:02 pm

“Rock star.” “Sparkling image”. Ohhh. That’s a REAL objective, professional assessment. NOT! I received that telephone survey. It was VERY obvious it was of, for & about PTH. He has a COSF web site, COSF FB page & Public Input at Council Meetings if he wants to get citizen feedback and actually listen to it. Instead, he (apparently) paid for a survey straight out of his marketing manipulation background as a step to further his own political ambitions. This sickening climber needs to stay in town & administer City Departments as specified in the City Charter, rather than playing politics and manipulating policy. Among other things, the surveyor asked me to pick from a list what SF municipal issue was of greatest importance to me. The surveyor then stated they were going to ask me about several SD public figures, and wanted to know if a) I recognized the name, and 2) what my opinion of them was based on a point scale. The ONLY name presented to me was PTH. What a slanted joke of a survey.

#2 D@ily Spin on 10.10.20 at 6:28 pm

I thought he moved. He’s not in town that often. If he’d work on a new charter to replace socialist oligarchy he’d be popular with me. Of course he’s popular when the pollster has tasers in both hands. He’s popular when appointing ethics boards for himself or councilor buddies. He’s popular when it comes to restricting public comment at council meetings. He’s so popular we need plaques to cover up Huether’s.

#3 "Woodstock" on 10.10.20 at 9:17 pm

“My guess is, that only having voting boxes in Taupeville for this poll helped, too”…. “He’s always been popular there”…. “Although, it’s not part of Iowa”….

#4 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 10.10.20 at 9:19 pm

“Rock Star”, once again we are being led by good looks. I mean, led on….

#5 Further Fear & Loathing on 10.10.20 at 10:12 pm

If only Huether knew that it only took a Chic-fil-A to break 55%.

Now, however, the fact the Chipotle sign has appeared instead makes me believe his polling numbers will begin to collapse.

#6 anominous on 10.11.20 at 9:01 am

300 total, huh. & of 115 republicans, Biden/Harris nearing 15%. COnfound with 100 libertarians or whatever. <100 dems. Good use of $.