By Melanie Eversley

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who became a prominent national figure in her insistence that residents wear masks to fight COVID, is mostly appreciated by constituents but gets low marks when it comes to traffic congestion, affordable housing and crime, according to a poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fifty-one percent of respondents, on the other hand, said Bottoms was on the right track when it came to addressing the pandemic.

The news organization commissioned the poll from the University of Georgia. Interviewers questioned 842 registered voters in Atlanta who said they plan to vote in November’s mayoral race. The poll was conducted Aug. 30 – Sept. 11.

Bottoms is not running for reelection. 

Forty-four percent of the respondents said crime is the biggest issue Atlanta faces, and 70 percent said the city is on the wrong track when it comes to handling crime. The next biggest issue facing the city is affordable housing, based on answers by 17 percent of respondents. Sixty precent said Atlanta is on the wrong track when it comes to addressing traffic congestion.

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