MARION COUNTY, Ind. — Hoosiers in Marion County have made their priorities crystal clear.
In a brand new ballot carried out by Indy Politics and ARW Methods, crime stood head-and-shoulders above the remaining because the primary concern that Marion County voters need to see addressed by the Metropolis-County Council.
Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, editor and writer of Indy Politics says combating crime proved to be a much bigger concern than even COVID-19 and racial injustice.
“Forty-three-percent stated crime must be the large concern, and that was sort-of throughout all races, all genders, all townships,” Shabazz explains, “crime is unquestionably the key concern.”
COVID-19 pandemic and public well being lagged behind with solely 17-percent of voters saying it’s the massive concern. Racial injustice and social equality got here in at simply 14-percent. However when the info is damaged down by race, there’s a definite distinction in priorities amongst voters.
Shabazz explains, “when you’re African American, your extra doubtless concern was social injustice and racial fairness. In case you are white or Caucasian, your concern was COVID-19, after all this following the crime concern.”
The opposite two main subjects of dialog have been Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. In relation to Mayor Hogsett, the info reveals there’s a giant distinction in relation to how Hoosiers really feel about Hogsett the person, and Hogsett the mayor.
“His job approval score and like-ability are within the mid-fifties: 55 and 57-percent respectively,” Shabazz continues, “however once we requested would you vote for the mayor for a 3rd time, solely a 3rd, about 37-percent stated sure. The remaining have been both undecided or need one other candidate.”
Shabazz believes the info got here out this manner for one in all two causes: individuals nonetheless like Mayor Hogsett on a private stage, however aren’t positive if he ought to have one other crack on the job, or as a result of it’s a non-election 12 months with no Republican opponent, individuals have this imaginative and prescient of their head of the mayor going in opposition to their “excellent opponent.”
Then the ballot shifted gears to Prosecutor Mears.
The Indy Politics ballot reveals 35-percent of voters approve of the job Ryan Mears is doing. Twenty-percent disapprove, whereas 45-percent haven’t any opinion of him in any respect.
Shabazz says the info reveals the prosecutor race is completely up within the air. Solely 23-percent of voters say they’d vote for Mears once more, whereas 21-percent say they’d vote in opposition to him. Indy Politics says a “large” 56-percent are undecided.
“The prosecutor’s race is type of large open at this juncture within the narrative, till he will get an opponent that may really problem him,” says Shabazz.
He says one of many extra attention-grabbing issues to come back out of this ballot was who will get the blame for the county’s record-breaking crime numbers. The info from Indy Politics reveals most individuals blame society on the whole for crime, not solely Prosecutor Mears or Mayor Hogsett.