Poll: Majority of voters favor McNamara

With just a day to go in the election cycle, Democratic candidate for mayor Tom McNamara holds more than a 25-point margin over his nearest opponent, according to a new poll.

In a survey of 400 likely Rockford voters, 52 percent said they would be voting McNamara in the race for mayor. Independent Rudy Valdez was second at 21.5 percent; Republican Brian Leggero third at 10.8 percent; and Independent Ronnie Manns polled fourth at 2.3 percent. Undecided voters racked up 13.5 percent of total respondents.

McNamara’s margin holds across nearly all demographics, according to the poll by Victory Research of Chicago, with men and women just a point apart in their support of the Democrat.

McNamara, the current 3rd Ward alderman, also holds a 25-point-or-larger margin across all age groups, and is even leading the way for likely Republican voters, edging Valdez by nine points and Leggero by nearly 12.

Likely Hispanic voters favor Valdez by a 32 to 24 margin over McNamara, though nearly 40 percent of those who responded were undecided.

Geographically, only on the city’s northeast side does support for McNamara dip below the 50 percent barrier, with a stronger showing by Leggero bringing likely voters for the front-runner down to just 47.9 percent.

The final day of polling in the consolidated election is Tuesday, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find your polling place by visiting the Rockford Board of Elections website.

The Victory Research poll was conducted March 23-26 with a margin of error of 4.89 percent. Complete results are below.

–Staff report

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