SAN DIEGO - With five weeks until votes are counted in the special election for mayor of San Diego, Nathan Fletcher remains the favorite, getting 32 percent of the vote in the latest 10News/U-T San Diego poll. Kevin Faulconer follows closely at 28 percent. David Alvarez is in third place at 20 percent. Mike Aguirre is a distant fourth with 8 percent of the vote.
Compared to the 10News/U-T San Diego poll released on Sept. 23, Fletcher is up two points and Faulconer is up six points. Fletcher had led by eight and now leads by four. Alvarez had been at 17 percent and now is at 20 percent. Among women, Fletcher had led Faulconer by 12 points, now by three. Among Independent voters, Faulconer has moved from third place to first.
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If no one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the special election, the top two finishers will face each other in a runoff election. In hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Fletcher defeats Faulconer 46 percent to 36 percent. Fletcher defeats Alvarez 49 percent to 36 percent, and Faulconer defeats Alvarez 44 percent to 35 percent.
When asked what characteristics are most important in the next mayor, likely voters overwhelming answered leadership and integrity. Third was fiscal responsibility.
Election day is November 19.
The 10News/U-T San Diego poll was conducted from Oct. 7-10 by SurveyUSA and interviewed 875 city of San Diego adults. The margin of sampling error was 4.4 percent on the questions.