10News/U-T San Diego poll: Nathan Fletcher emerges as clear front-runner in race for San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO - Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher has emerged as a clear front-runner in the race for San Diego mayor, according to a new 10News/U-T San Diego poll.

The poll asked 800 city of San Diego respondents, "If the special election for San Diego mayor were today, who would you vote for?"

Of those, 30 percent of respondents said Fletcher. Councilman Kevin Faulconer came in second with 22 percent, and Councilman David Alvarez came in third with 17 percent.

According to the poll, 9 percent said they would vote for former City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Bruce Coons, the head of the Save Our Heritage Organisation, received 2 percent.

Four percent said they would vote for another candidate and 15 percent said they were undecided.

The poll also asked respondents about possible head-to-head matchups in a hypothetical runoff, which would occur if no one candidate receives 50 percent of the votes in the Nov. 19 special election.

The results include:

-Fletcher vs. Faulconer - Fletcher would win 44 percent, Faulconer 30 percent

-Fletcher vs. Alvarez - Fletcher would receive 52 percent of votes and Alvarez would get 24 percent

-Aguirre vs. Faulconer - 42 percent of votes would go to Faulconer and Aguirre would get 35 percent

-Aguirre vs. Alvarez - Alvarez receive 40 percent of votes and Aguirre with 32 percent

-Faulconer vs. Alvarez - Faulconer would have a very slight edge with 38 percent compared to Alvarez at 35 percent

The poll also found that integrity was the most important quality for a new mayor to have, followed by leadership and stability.

SurveyUSA conducted the 10News/U-T San Diego poll between Aug. 19 and Aug. 23 The margin of sampling errors ranged from 4.3 to 4.4 percent on the questions.

Read the results here: http://bit.ly/1eDWRPi

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