Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Performance Survey Scores For Nov 12th 2017
What those numbers represent are the percentage of people who, overall, answered yes, no, or not sure to a set of 59 questions on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Performance Survey designed by me, Zennie Abraham and for my new Oakland News Online .com blog. The questions were taken directly from her 2014 list of “positions and priorities.” The objective was to determine if Oaklanders believed the Mayor did the job she told the public she would do, and by laying out that list of “positions and priorities.”
My overall concern was the formation of a performance evaluation that was unbiased. By using the Mayor’s own list of objectives, and just placing the words “Did the Mayor:” in from of each one, and then a “?” after each one, a question was formed. For example, the priority of “Connect with Communities and Restore Community Policing” became “Did The Mayor: Connect with Communities and Restore Community Policing?” – and so on.
Thus formed what I contend is the best evaluation system for an incumbent ever created, and something that can form a model for future efforts. Every candidate has a set of such “positions and priorities” – why not form a way for residents of a city to evaluate if that person did what they, themselves, said they were going to do.
Not A Push Poll
This is not a “push poll.” A push poll is, as political observer and blogger Taegan Goddard put it, “a seemingly unbiased survey that is actually conducted by supporters of a particular candidate that intends to disseminate negative or misleading information about an opponent. Its intent is primarily to distribute propaganda rather than to understand the views and opinions of the public.”
By providing simple question responses “yes”, “no”, or “not sure”, the Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Performance Survey provides the Oakland voter with a chance to give their opinion on if the mayor attended to the priorities and maintained the positions she created a list of in 2014. There is no pre-survey negative information or positive information on Mayor Schaaf or any other candidate for the Oakland’s Mayor’s Race for 2018. Thus, it is not a push poll, and any claims to the contrary are from the uninformed.
Results for November 12th
To the date and time of this download of survey data, which was November 12th 2017 at 7 PM EST, there were 135 responses and 1,885 overall survey visits. I created one formula set that formed an average response for the categories “yes”, “no”, or “not sure” combining each of the 59 questions.
This way, over the life of the survey, we can track change in overall response: the more Oaklanders who respond to the poll, the more likely we are to obtain a true picture of how the electorate views Mayor’s Schaaf’s performance in meeting her own barometer of success.
Where we are today is that the Mayor has not attended to most of the priorities or maintained most of the positions she established in 2014. The survey’s overall opinion is that she has misfired 63.72 percent of the time (a note vote) or scored positively 15.07 percent of the time (a yes vote), with respondents to questions saying that 21.21 percent of the they were “not sure” if the Mayor attended to most of the priorities or maintained most of the positions she established in 2014.