New 10News/U-T San Diego poll shows 69 percent of San Diegans want Filner to resign
Poll released after 3 accusers came forward
Last Updated: 135 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A new poll released Wednesday after three women have come forward to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment shows 69 percent of San Diegans want Filner to resign.
An exclusive scientific 10News/U-T San Diego poll asked 700 people, "Based on what you know, should Filner remain in office? Or should he resign?"
69 percent say Filner should resign, 24 percent say he should remain in office and 8 percent are not sure.
The percentage of respondents who want Filner to resign is up 10 percentage points from an earlier poll released July 12.
The new results come less than 24 hours before 10News sources say county Democrats will push for a do-over following their last vote to support due process for the mayor.
Sourses tell 10News the party is sweating the thought of a recall election and intend to go for a supermajority to condemn Filner's behavior.
Survey USA CEO Jay Leve said during a Skype interview that seven out of 10 people is a huge indicator.
"And then if you ask those people ... what if the mayor does not resign? You've got an overwhelming percentage that say they would then back a recall, so the mayor is a bit damned if he does … and damned if he doesn't."
10News reporter Dan Haggerty spoke with Michael Pallamary, the man spearheading efforts to issue that recall. Pallamary told 10News it is going to happen.
"I have not seen any place, really ever, of any community that's more motivated than this community is right now ... and it crosses all boundaries," he said.
Those are political boundaries that politicians rely on – and according to new poll – are crumbling for the mayor.
When asked if the mayor should step down, 87 percent of Republicans said yes.
62 percent of Democrats – the mayor's own party – said yes. 64 percent of Independents said yes.
"The challenge we have now is holding the horses back," said Pallamary. "People are ready to go, and they're really anxious."
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