The people of Akron have spoken in an opinion poll
released Monday. And they’re ready for the change
coming this election year.
At the time the survey was conducted from Jan. 17
to Feb. 4, the field of seven Democrats running for
mayor on the May 2 primary ballot was still forming.
As expected so early in the race, 66% of the survey’s
510 respondents were undecided about who should
succeed Mayor Dan Horrigan, who is not seeking re-
But these Akron residents resoundingly said they
want a leader with high ethical standards, fresh ideas
and a clear vision for the city, by margins of 71% or
better. Less than half prioritized previous experience
in city government.
The full results of the poll are posted below.
Akronites are measurably eager to have their voices
heard at the ballot box, in part, because 86% say their
voices aren’t always or frequently heard in the halls of
city government. And 53% say the city is on the wrong
They would have the next mayor do more than just
run the city. They want a visionary with a reform
The most important issues for Akronites can be
grouped as economic or reform-minded, said John
Green, director emeritus of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of
Applied Politics at the University of Akron. One cate-
gory pertains to economic development — job cre-
ation, providing a safe environment — while the other
dimension lumps policies that would deliver change,
such as reforming police and giving citizens a greater
voice in city government.
“The reform cluster is stronger statistically. That
means it’s more prevalent,” said Green, who was care-
ful not to discount economic concerns.