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Houston: Mayor Sylvester Turner leads the field of mayoral candidates but lacks enough support to win outright, according to a new Univ. of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs poll. Turner is the choice for 43.5% of “likely voters,” followed by Tony Buzbee (23%), his likely runoff opponent. None of the other candidates polled above 10%. Bill King is third at 8%, followed by Dwight Boykins at 7%. A little over a sixth of likely voters are undecided. Turner received a majority of support in each of four potential runoff scenarios, ranging from a 55%-36% margin over Buzbee to a 60%-21% margin over Sue Lovell.

By a fairly solid margin, respondents believed the city was headed “in the right direction,” 57%-35%. Unsurprisingly, 77% of Buzbee’s supporters and 69% of King’s supporters believed the city was “on the wrong track.” Turner’s supporters overwhelmingly believe the city is on the right track (89%-7%).

Turner’s net favorability rating was 56/36, and Buzbee’s was 32/39. King was viewed slightly more favorably than unfavorably, 26/20. Surprisingly, more than half of likely voters “do not know enough about King to have an opinion of him” despite his narrowly losing the 2015 mayoral runoff to Turner. More than two-thirds of likely voters lack an opinion on Boykins.

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