02/17/2010 - Struggling elected officials often say that the only poll that counts is taken on Election Day, but Mayor Nutter - after a tough year - has to be pleased with a Pew survey that came out last week.
Nutter's job-approval numbers among Philadelphians were impressively solid, rising 6 points above the 47 percent mark he got in the spring.
And the new survey was taken before the mayor took a snow shovel in hand and scored popularity points by pitching in to clear city sidewalks, following a mammoth winter storm that city crews battled better than they have in the past.
The bump in Nutter's job-approval rating from the spring – when the city's budget woes were center-stage – could mean that city residents understand that these difficult economic times call for fiscal tough love. That's good, because much more of that is needed.
Read the full editorial Poll Position on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.