Two-thirds of D.C. voters rate Mayor Adrian Fenty's snow removal efforts as fair or poor, a new poll finds.
The poll from D.C.-based Clarus Research Group, like other recent surveys on the Fenty administration, reflects a disparity among white and black voters -- and predominantly white and black neighborhoods.
Overall, Fenty's handling of the snow emergency was rated good or excellent by 33 percent of the 441 people questioned. Thirty-eight percent said "only fair," while 26 percent deemed the response poor. The telephone poll, conducted Sunday, has a margin of error of 4.66 percent.
Fenty polled strongest among white voters: 45 percent said snow removal was good or excellent, 39 percent only fair and 14 percent poor. Among black respondents, 25 percent said good or excellent, 37 percent only fair and 34 percent poor.
Wards 2 and 3, generally west of Rock Creek Park, rated Fenty strongest while Wards 6, 7 and 8, comprising Capitol Hill and most neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, found his performance weak.
Fenty has said D.C. snow crews did a "fantastic job."
Voters put Fenty's job approval at 42 percent, down 1 percent from November. The D.C. Council fared much better, with 57 percent approval.
"Based on public perceptions, the bad news for the mayor is that he missed a major opportunity to build up his overall ratings in this crisis," Ron Faucheux, Clarus president, said in a news release. "The good news for him is that his overall job approval rating did not go down."