January 29, 2021 6:00am

January Power Poll Results

What Memphis leaders feel about the new administration, the old administration and the Memphis Tigers.

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By Dann Miller
Memphis, TN Correspondent
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The Biden-Harris administration took office this week and Memphians feel optimistic about what's to come, according to the latest Memphis Power Poll results released Thursday.

The Power Poll is a monthly survey sent to more than 425 influential business, political, nonprofit and cultural leaders in the Bluff City. The poll is presented by The Commercial Appeal and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and DVL Seigenthaler - Finn Partners.

The January Power Poll focused on several different topics in the news recently.

Of those polled, 73 percent said they felt positive about the new administration while only 12 percent were pessimistic. Seventy percent said the COVID-19 pandemic was the most important issue facing the administration.

The January Memphis Power Poll:

In light of the events of the past few weeks, what do you think will be the legacy of the Trump administration?

60.9% - The riots at the Capitol
17.4% - Adding conservative judges to the Supreme Court
18.8% - Handling of the Coronavirus
  2.9% - Changing trade relationship with China
  0.0% - Increases in the stock market

How do you feel about the incoming Biden-Harris administration?

72.5% - Positive
15.9% - Neutral
11.6% - Pessimistic

What do you believe is the most important issue facing the new administration?

69.6% - COVID-19 and vaccination rollout
14.5% - Stimulus and economic recovery
  8.7% - Climate change
  2.9% - Racial justice
  4.3% - International relations

What is the status of work at your office?

13.9% - All our employees are working from the office
60.0% - We are open, but not everyone is working from the office
12.3% - We anticipate being open and back within the next six months
13.9% - It will likely be the second half of the year before we start to return

What are your projections for the Memphis Tigers men's basketball team this year?

14.5% - They will make the NCAA tournament but get eliminated in the first round
21.0% - They will make a deep run in the NCAA tournament
64.5% - They will miss the NCAA tournament

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About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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