Poll: Most Chinese Voters Would Support Ed Lee for SF Mayor
After months of insisting that he had no intention of running for mayor in November, Lee, who is of Chinese descent, said Tuesday that he was considering joining the race.
Voters of Chinese descent make up 16 percent of the city's electorate.
There are currently some 30 mayoral candidates, four of whom are of Chinese descent: Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, state Sen. Leland Yee, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and City College music teacher Wilma Pang.
The poll of 280 registered Chinese voters, conducted between July 13 and 20 in Cantonese, Mandarin, Taishan dialect and English, has a 3 percent margin of error. About 57 percent of the respondents interviewed were female; 44 percent were over the age of 65; and 29 percent were between 50 and 64 years old. The vast majority of respondents, 71 percent, were born in China, while 12.5 percent were born in the United States.
Of those interviewed, three-quarters said they would definitely vote in the November election, while 35 percent remained undecided and 13 percent said they would not vote.
Chinese candidates besides Lee got far less support: 6 percent said they would vote for David Chiu, 3 percent preferred Leland Yee and only 0.4 percent of voters said they would support Phil Ting. The respondents did not name any non-Chinese candidates as favorites.