A new survey shows Puneet Ahluwalia within striking distance in the race for Fairfax Supervisor in the Dranesville District more than 3 months before the election.
A survey of voter attitudes shows Puneet Ahluwalia within striking distance in Supervisor’s race
More than two-thirds of voters, 68% in a new poll, indicate they oppose the far left bias of the Fairfax Board of Supervisor and say they support a board with more diversity of opinion.
Puneet was enthusiastic after hearing the survey results. “We clearly have the message, the talent, and the strong support of a large share of voters. With only 5 points separating us, we have more than enough momentum to close the gap. I’m convinced we’ll have the funds we need to run a first class campaign and win.”
Voter concerns about the left-leaning tilt of the Board also helps explain why Puneet Ahluwalia receives 37% of the vote on the survey’s ballot question despite only 35% of voters saying they’ve heard of him according to Puneet Ahluwalia’s chief campaign strategist, Tony Marsh.
Puneet’s Democrat opponent gets 42% making this a closely contested 5 point race some three months before the election.
According to Marsh, “clearly, unfavorable views of the Board of Supervisors are driving even those who don’t know Puneet to see him as an alternative to the radicalism represented by Puneet’s opponent,” said Marsh.
In the past, the Dranesville district (McLean, Great Falls, Herndon, and parts of Vienna) has voted reliably Democrat.
But political experts are saying that this time, Ahluwalia, who immigrated from India 33 years ago and has started and managed a number of local businesses, may be on track to stage a major upset.
They say Puneet Ahluwalia’s background as an Asian, an immigrant, and an entrepreneur gives him broad appeal across a wide range of voter groups who normally split on the side of Democrats.
According to Leif Larson, Ahluwalia’s campaign manager, “Puneet holds special appeal to those who want local government to focus on problem solving and not narrow ideological agendas. This survey says what Puneet’s been saying all along, the ‘middle’ in Fairfax County has been forgotten by a board more interested in pushing a far-left agenda that representing those who elected them.”
Ahluwalia campaign Political Director, Abby Baerveldt, also commented, “the secret to winning this campaign is word-of-mouth from trusted sources, volunteers going door-to-door, getting the message out, telling their neighbors about Puneet and why his ideas are superior to the far-out political agenda that dominates the Board of Supervisors today.”
The survey was conducted by Decipher AI during the week of June 19th among a representative sample of 304 respondents.