ST. LOUIS – Alderwoman Lyda Krewson still holds a strong lead on the St. Louis mayor’s race, but for the second week in a row, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones made gains in the poll – enough to move into second place.
Jones gained another 3 percent of eligible voters to move to 16 percent total according to the Remington Research Group poll, putting her ahead of President of the Board of Alderman Lewis Reed (15 percent) and Alderman Antonio French (12 percent). Krewson actually saw her first decline since The Missouri Times began commissioning the polls, dropping 2 percent since last week to 34 percent. The alderman still holds an 18-point lead over Jones.
The race has notably been divided along racial lines and that trend continued. Krewson, a white woman, now has 54 percent of all white supporters, while Jones has the next highest percentage of white voters at just 11 percent. Meanwhile, Reed, Jones and French have almost evenly split black respondents 22, 20 and 18 percent respectively, compared to only 13 percent of black voters favoring Krewson.
Jones’ bump comes after a busy week for her campaign. She received notable endorsements from St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, the St. Louis Young Democrats, and Mobilize Missouri, a progressive political organization that emerged from the U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She also appeared on St. Louis Public Radio’s Politically Speaking, which can be heard here.
Likely voters also weighed in on ballot measures regarding a proposed MLS soccer stadium. Last week, St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Mullen approved two ballot measures that, in combination, would provide the $60 million of tax dollars needed to help fund construction of the the new stadium. Voters are still skeptical of the construction of the stadium, disapproving it 45 percent to 34 percent. However, respondents were more receptive to a tax on businesses’ out-of-state purchases to fund the stadium’s construction, with a fairly even split of 39 percent opposing to 36 percent supporting.
The poll was conducted Feb. 14 and 15 of likely respondents based on expected demographics for the election. The margin of error was +/- 3 percent. The full poll can be read below.