More Than 50 Percent Of DC Residents Say Mayor Vincent Gray Should Resign In Washington Post Poll

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- More than half of the D.C. residents who participated in a Washington Post poll said that Mayor Vincent Gray should resign.  

VIEW: The Washington Post Poll Here

In the poll, the Post asks: "Considering everything, do you think Vincent Gray should step down as the Mayor of the District of Columbia?" 54 percent of respondents said he should step down.

9News Now's Kristin Fisher caught up with the mayor on Thursday after his appearance at the DC Appleseed's 7th HIV/AIDS Report Card Release. When asked if the results of the poll bothered him, Gray replied, "Of course it does."

Fisher also asked D.C. residents on the street what they thought -- should he resign or not? One woman told her that she thought Mayor Gray should resign because he is "hurting the city."

But Mayor Gray continues to point out the ways he has helped the city and stresses that because some of his associates are the focus of a corruption scandal it doesn't mean he has done anything wrong.

Some respondents in the Post's poll seem to think differently. When asked "Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Mayor Gray, or not. He is honest and trustworthy" 61 percent said no.  In reply to the question, "Do you agree or disagree that Mayor Gray is running an ethical administration?" 63 percent of the people responded "disagree."

VIEW: The Washington Post's Summary Of Poll Results

Mayor Gray's attorney, Robert Bennett, said in statement on Thursday: 

"Mayor Gray is being treated very unfairly by some in the media and those with their own political agendas.

They are not focusing on the very good things he is doing for our city-the improvements he has made in city services, the local economy and the welfare of the less fortunate in our community.

There is a rush to judgment based on speculation and a presumption of guilt. He has not been charged with anything, much less convicted.

I have advised Mayor Gray that out of respect for the U.S. Attorney's investigation, he should not comment on the facts. Nevertheless, you should not disregard the presumption of innocence, to which all Americans are entitled, including Mayor Gray."

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