Poll: Benjamin Rolling Despite Gang Problem
City of Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benjamin will easily win reelection this year despite his administration’s rampant corruption – and despite increased public awareness of a growing gang problem within South Carolina’s capital city.
According to the results of a new poll obtained exclusively by FITS, Benjamin enjoys a 55-16 percent edge over city councilman Moe Baddourah in the Columbia mayoral race – with 29 percent of those polled saying they were undecided.
Results of the poll – conducted by Crantford Research – can be viewed here.
Benjamin’s margin comes despite the fact 75 percent of those polled believe the city of Columbia, S.C. has a gang problem (compared to 9 percent who say it doesn’t and 16 percent who were “not sure”). Meanwhile 65 percent of respondents said the Five Points region of the city was not a “safe place to visit at night” (compared to 12 percent who said it was and 23 percent who said they were “not sure”).
Clearly his failed leadership is not costing him much in the way of support, though … which is interesting when you consider 42 percent of those surveyed for this poll say Columbia’s elected leaders are not “doing enough to make Columbia a safe place to live and work” (compared to 35 percent said they were and 23 percent who were “not sure”).
If only Benjamin had a credible opponent to take advantage of those numbers ….