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New poll shows Faulconer sweeping primary elections

Steve Bosh, KUSI NEWS

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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This methodology for polling is certainly unorthodox.,

"It's an interesting poll but in terms of usefulness it doesn't have that," said Vince Vasquez, a senior analyst at National University's Institute for Police Research.

Vasquez said there has to be research to gauge whether this type of polling is useful.

" ... has merit, has been published in academic journals and shows that in fact its something that holds up to academic rigor, this fails to meet that standard," Vasquez said.

Challenger Ed Harris also questions this poll, saying using Facebook is extremely unorthodox and it's impossible to have zero undecided voters.

City elections have shown a heavy deference for the incumbent. The mayor is popular, and has an insurmountable lead in money.

Vasquez said it's questionable whether Lori Saldana and Ed Harris can be competitive.

"Despite the fact we're gonna have so many Hillary and Bernie voters showing up at the polls, we really don't get a sense as to whether they have the resources to even communicate to those voters," Vasquez said. 

Vasquez also said the dynamics are present for the mayor to be re-elected outright in the primary.

"I would suspect that you would see Faulconer though probably winning something like 60 percent of the vote come June 7," he said.