Internal poll has Baraka beating Jeffries

By Matthew Arco | March 10th, 2014


A Newark mayor’s race internal poll has South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka up 53 percent to 30 percent in a head-to-head over his competitor, according to sources.

The poll, which a source said was conducted by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s camp, has Baraka beating former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.

Sixty-eight percent of people polled gave Baraka a favorable rating versus 17 percent unfavorable, a source said. Jeffries received a 50 percent to 14 percent favorable/unfavorable rating, respectively.

Fulop, who endorsed Baraka, declined to comment on the poll or confirm its existence. However, the mayor of New Jersey’s second largest city behind Newark said he’s confident Baraka will prevail.

“Our team doesn’t talk about polling,” he said. “But poll or no poll, we feel good about Baraka being the next mayor.”

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