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Memphians respond to Action News 5 poll

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The results are out, but not everyone believes them. An exclusive scientific poll shows in a head-to-head contest between Mayor Willie Herenton and Congressman Steve Cohen for the District 9 seat, Herenton would suffer a crushing defeat.

To read the full results of the poll, click here.

Wednesday, the poll has hit a raw nerve with a lot of Herenton supporters, including Commissioner Sidney Chism, who questioned its accuracy.

At the Piccadilly restaurant Mayor Herenton often eats at, there was a lot of support for Herenton's interest in running for congress.

"A lot of people out her are talking are for him. They said he did a lot for the city of Memphis," Memphian Coretha Sanders said.

However the poll, commissioned by Action News 5 and conducted by Yacoubian Research, suggests if Herenton runs against Cohen, he will face an uphill battle.

Memphian Ruby Payne said she agreed with the results of the poll.

"If you look at the works that's being done, yes I do," she said.

But we also ran into people who said they have a hard time believing that the community would not send Herenton to congress if he ran for the office.

Critics of the poll said that it lacked diversity, and that it didn't talk to people in Orange Mound and other large African American communities.  However Berje Yacoubian, whose company that conducted the poll, disagreed, saying 66 percent of the people polled were African American.

Yacoubian added the sample that was taken was a direct reflection of the racial makeup of the people in the 9th Congressional District that would vote if there was an election.

People on both sides of the issues said the key to a Herenton victory would probably be turnout.  Several said if Herenton and Cohen do run against each other, you can expect the campaigning to be intense.

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