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March 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Poll puts McGinn re-election support at 15 percent in crowded field

A new Survey USA poll conducted for KING 5 finds weak numbers for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as he heads into his re-election campaign.

The poll of 647 registered voters, which tested McGinn against several announced and rumored rivals, found just 15 percent of voters said they’d support the incumbent. That was tied with former King County Executive Ron Sims, who has so far announced no plans to run. Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess, who has announced his campaign, placed third with 10 percent support.

The rest of the field, including state Sen. Ed Murray, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, managed only single-digit support. And 34 percent of voters said they are simply undecided.

If Sims stays out, the poll suggests McGinn would pick up the largest number of his supporters, with Steinbrueck picking up the second highest share.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent, with a larger margin of 10.2 percent on the question regarding Sims’ supporters second choice.

A couple caveats: It is of course very early, and this poll did not measure likely voters, who are usually much older than the general population of registered voters — especially in a city primary.

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