ONLY ON 3: Wilmington voters tepid on City Council, warming to CFPUA

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Submitted: Fri, 03/09/2012 - 4:55am
Updated: Fri, 03/09/2012 - 2:11pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re taking a closer look at an exclusive poll that reveals what Wilmington voters think about some major issues in our city, namely, the job City Council is doing, as well as what voters
think about the CFPUA.

The current Wilmington City Council has been in office for just three months. When asked whether voters approve or disapprove of the job it is doing 40 percent gave council the thumbs up. More than 50 percent though, are not happy.

“I guess 40 percent is a pretty good number that approve,” Councilwoman Laura Padgett said. “I’m not sure it’s a real number. I think polls can be directed by the way questions are answered.”


Voters were also asked if City Council is responsible or irresponsible when determining how to use taxpayer dollars. Again, not glowing reviews. Nearly 50 percent of those polled said “irresponsible.”

“I feel like we are elected to make our best judgement in how we use the money,” Padgett said. “I feel like we need to be very careful. I look at it as other people’s money, which makes it more important to me than how I might spend my own money.”

After battling billing problems and rate increases, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is slowly starting to wash its hands of disgruntled customers. The poll asked whether residents were satisfied with the services they received from the CFPUA. Of those polled, almost 55 percent said they were either somewhat satisfied or very satisfied.

“I think this organization, we’re 3.5-years-old now, and I think as more and more people interact with us they have been able to see time and time again the commitment we have from our board all the way through our organization for providing excellent service,” CFPUA CEO Matt Jordan said.

The results also show that 70 percent of those polled think jobs and the economy are the two most pressing issues the city is facing right now.

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4 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Wilmington voters tepid on City Council, warming to CFPUA"

Ted McNabb
2015 years 8 months ago

So Ms. Padgett “feels” 4 out 10 people think she’s doing a tolerable job – is a “pretty good number?” How do these people get so out of touch? In any other aspect of your life if 60% of people around you didn’t like what you were doing, you’d change. Not in politics! Glad to see they have such low standards – and they spend our money.

And Ms. Padgett, I’d prefer you stopped “feeling” about issues and started “thinking” about issues.

Big Whiskey
2015 years 8 months ago

But if this survey is accurate, then one could infer that 60+% of poll takers re-elected LP. She now will move towards 20 years of making our city great … Survey is bunk – one question says public safety should be a priority but want the city to lay off 11 police officers. Big Talker has been telling people for weeks, “we are gonna do a poll” – you can’t contaminate the sample and rely on the results. How can anyone be against a privately funded stadium? Complete nonsense. Also, the audience was skewed democrat – the braves fan base is conservative and will support this!!! Bring it to the ballot, remember this ABC network declaring “John Kerry, the President Elect of the United States … according to our poll data.”. Surveys are a joke – land line phone service is being cut at a rapid pace.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m betting if you polled your investment clients and you found only 4 in 10 felt you were doing a good job, you’d be worried. If that was the case, you’d be losing clients left and right.

You need to view the taxpayers as your clients…because we invest a helluva lot more money with you than your clients do. And just as your clients can fire you and go elsewhere, we can do the same…on election day.

Somehow I doubt LPL would be happy to hear your clients rate you as 40% effective. Personally, I rate you no higher than 20% effective.

2015 years 8 months ago

Uhhh … Against a privately funded stadium? It seems that almost everybody is fine with the idea of a privately funded stadium. Privately funded, as in the taxpayers don’t pay for it, or pay up to a half million for a study to figure out if they should pay for it. Conversely, what a lot of people are against is a publicly funded stadium. That’s why the poll reflects that.

Bringing it to the ballot as a referendum would be the democratic way to handle this. Too bad that probably won’t happen.