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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's Popularity Plunges

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is encouraging the D.C. office of campaign finance investigating of allegations that Gray’s campaign illegally converted cash contributions into money orders.
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is encouraging the D.C. office of campaign finance investigating of allegations that Gray’s campaign illegally converted cash contributions into money orders.

A poll by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation shows Mayor Gray's popularity plummeting. Forty percent of registered voters surveyed now say they have a negative opinion of the mayor, a 24-point jump from last summer.

Forty-seven percent of voters in the poll say they have a favorable view of Gray, that's down 13 points.

It's been one scandal after another for Gray and other city lawmakers.

The mayor has battled allegations of nepotism and a quid pro quo scheme with former candidate Sulaimon Brown. D.C Council chairman Kwame Brown, who was roundly criticized earlier in the year for using city dollars to lease expensive SUVs, is now facing a formal complaint for campaign finance irregularities. Another council member, Harry Thomas Jr., is being sued for allegedly misusing public funds.

The constant drumbeat of scandals and investigations is reflected in the survey: For the first time in a decade, residents in a poll say they think "city government" is a more pressing problem than "crime."

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