BY BUDDY NEVINS
Charlotte Rodstrom has a two-to-one lead in the January special election to fill her former southeast Fort Lauderdale seat, according to a just completed survey obtained exclusively by Browardbeat.com.
When asked who they would vote for in the upcoming election, 401 likely voters picked:
- Charlotte Rodstrom — 45.39 percent,
- Dean Trantalis – 22.19 percent,
- Chuck Black – 3.74 percent.
The poll also found that more than nine in ten voters were familiar with Rodstrom, while far less knew her opponents.
Roughly 90 percent of the voters said they recognized Rodstrom’s name.
Former Commissioner Trantalis fared a lot worse: Roughly 66 percent knew who he was.
Black recently became active in the city and is a relative newcomer to politics. It showed.
Almost 77 percent of the voters said they had never heard of Black.
To know Rodstrom is to like Rodstrom. She got a better favorability rating than even Mayor Jack Seiler:
- Rodstrom — favorable 61 percent, unfavorable 16 percent;
- Trantalis – favorable 34 percent, unfavorable 14 percent;
- Seiler – favorable 57 percent, unfavorable 10 percent;
- Black – favorable 5 percent, unfavorable 5 percent.
“She’s in the catbird seat,” pollster Jim Kane said. “These numbers are very, very good, especially considering the election is one month away and two weeks of that time is the Holidays when nobody will be paying attention.”
The poll was done by Kane’s USAPoll and paid for by Rodstrom.
It was conducted from November 28 through December 4. The survey sample reached by telephone included 401 City of Fort Lauderdale registered voters who had voted in one or both of the last two elections in Fort Lauderdale Commission District 2. The margin of error is 4.9 percent plus or minus.
The special election was scheduled for Jan. 15 to fill the seat that Rodstrom quit to make an unsuccessful run for the county commission. A runoff will be held March 12 for the top two vote-getters if no candidate wins a majority of the vote in January.
The filing period began today and will last through Friday at 3 p.m.