VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Registered, likely voters who participated in a poll about the mayoral race in November resoundingly stated they would cast their ballots for incumbent Will Sessoms.

The poll, commissioned by 13News Now, The Virginian-Pilot, and Christopher Newport University surveyed 706 people through phone interviews. The polling took place between October 2 and October 6.

Interviewers asked the Virginia Beach residents if they had to vote the day the survey was conducted, for whom would they vote, given the choice of candidates George Furman, Richard Kowalewitch, Will Sessoms, or Don Weeks.

The results were as follows:

  • 4 percent for George Furman
  • 5 percent for Richard Kowalewitch
  • 43 percent for Will Sessoms
  • 11 percent for Don Weeks
  • 1 percent would vote for someone else.
  • 28 percent were undecided.
  • 8 percent said they didn't know.

Another question asked the likely voters if, overall, they would say "things in the City of Virginia Beach are heading more in the right direction or in the wrong direction."

  • 55 percent said things were heading in the right direction.
  • 15 percent had a mixed response.
  • 25 percent said things were heading in the wrong direction.
  • 5 percent said they did not know.

Survey respondents skewed Republican with 33 percent identifying with the GOP, 27 percent identifying with Democratic Party, and 36 percent stating they considered themselves Independent. The remaining respondents said they had no preference when it comes to political affiliation or didn’t know with which party they identified.

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