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New Pew Poll Shows Majority Of Residents Approve Of Nutter's Job Performance

A new poll shows that 53 percent of Philadelphians approve of Mayor Nutter's job performance as mayor, compared with 32 percent who disapprove.

New Pew Poll Shows Majority Of Residents Approve Of Nutter's Job Performance

A new poll shows that 53 percent of Philadelphians approve of Mayor Nutter's job performance as mayor, compared with 32 percent who disapprove.

The poll -- from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative -- looks at how city residents feel about the mayor, the city budget, casinos and City Council. The poll was conducted by Abt SRBI Public Affairs, who surveyed a total of 1,602 residents between January 8 and January 19.

These numbers are likely good news for Nutter, who is halfway through his four-year term and has weathered a tough two years of budget cuts. But when you get a little deeper into the details, you can see that Nutter's approvals vary depending on who you ask and what you're asking.

Residents are evenly split when you ask about Nutter's ability to manage the budget, with 47 percent showing confidence in his skills and 46 percent lacking confidence. And Nutter continues to receive lower ratings from black residents, than white residents -- just 43 percent of black Philadelphians say he's doing a good job, compared with 65 percent of white residents. While just 21 percent of white residents disapprove of Nutter's performance, 43 percent of black residents disapprove.

You can read the full text of the poll here.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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