A poll was conducted in Anchorage this week. It’s believed to be sponsored by the IBEW and conducted by Hays Research Group, and it’s solely focused on the March 13-April 3 election of Anchorage’s next mayor.
Respondents were asked to choose between current Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, challenger Rebecca Logan and Sen. Bill Wielechowski, who is not running for mayor.
Why Wielechowski? Must Read Alaska spoke to a few campaign experts who theorize that Wielechowski is the perfect Democratic Party candidate: He is not in favor of taking half of the Permanent Fund dividend, he is in favor of income taxes and higher oil taxes, and he is pro-abortion.
Pollster Hays Research Group is using Wielechowski as a test of Mayor Berkowitz’ popularity. They are worried about Berkowitz, due to his record of being ambivalent about crime and too eager to tax.
The poll wants to discover just how badly Mayor Berkowitz is doing in the eyes of the voters. If people say they would vote for Wielechowski over Logan by a bigger margin than they’d vote for Berkowitz over Wielechowski, then the Democrats will know they have a serious problem, and will pour more resources into defending Berkowitz.
Hays Research Group is located in the same downtown office suites as the Ship Creek Group, which specializes in Democrat and Indie-Democrat campaigns, and the campaign offices of Gov. Bill Walker and Byron Mallott.