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Poll examines unfamiliarity of potential Nashville Mayoral candidates, Barry treatment

New polling data released by Nashville-based polling company icitizen finds residents are unfamiliar with the candidates and opinions on former mayor Megan Barry tends to depend on sex. PHOTO: FOX 17 News

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--New polling data released by Nashville-based polling company icitizen finds residents are unfamiliar with the candidates and opinions on former mayor Megan Barry tends to depend on gender.

iCitizen polled over 400 Davidson County residents to assess their opinions about Nashville's political future and current candidates in the wake of Barry's resignation.

While Mayor David Briley currently occupies the seat, he will only hold the post until an election this August. Following the election, that individual will face another mayoral election in August 2019 when Barry's term was set to expire.

Briley has announced his plans to run for the post in the August election and according to iCitizen, he is the most-recognized of the possible candidates. However, 37 percent of those polled had no firm opinion about him.

Additionally, 45 percent of respondents had a 'favorable' view of Briley. Potential candidate Sheriff Daron Hall ranked second with a 25 percent favorability rating. They were followed by David Fox (23 percent), Charles Robert Bone (22 percent), and Bill Freeman (21 percent).

Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore has filed paperwork for a potential run but was not included in the iCitizen poll.

Treatment of Former Mayor Megan Barry

In terms of Megan Barry's resignation, the poll found 63 percent of women felt Barry was treated differently than other politicians who have faced similar scandals. Only 40 percent of men felt the same way, and 60 percent of respondents felt her resignation will have no real impact an the city's economic growth and development.

According to the poll, 95 percent of respondents also felt her resignation had not changed their opinion of the transit plan, with 37 percent in support of the plan, 44 percent against the plan and 18 percent unsure.

The poll was conducted March 6 through March 9, 2018 with 434 participants.

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