Philadelphia Mayoral Primary Exit Survey
In May of 2023, Vera Action commissioned Lake Research Partners to conduct an exit survey following the Philadelphia mayoral primary race.
May 17, 2023

The following memo offers key insights from a survey of registered, likely voters conducted in the final days of the Democratic primary for mayor in Philadelphia. In yet another major-city municipal election where crime and public safety dominated the issue agenda, voters once again showed an understanding of these issues far more complex and nuanced than the political discourse and conventional wisdom would have suggested. The most traditional “law and order” candidate, endorsed by the Philadelphia Fraternity of Police, won less than 10 percent of the vote. The winner of this election—Cherelle Parker—as well as the two other leading candidates—Rebecca Rhynhart and Helen Gym—responded to voter enthusiasm with platforms that offered a comprehensive approach to preventing crime and delivering safety