Washington voters are not overly impressed with Gov. Jay Inslee’s first six months in office, according to a new Elway Poll.
Inslee’s job performance was rated “only fair” or “poor” by 49 percent of voters surveyed, compared to 40 percent who said he was doing a “good” or “excellent” job.
Pollster Stuart Elway noted Inslee’s numbers are not so unusual for a rookie governor. Gary Locke is the only one of the past four governors to enjoy a positive job rating in Elway’s polling after six months in office.
Inslee’s numbers are close to those of his predecessor, Chris Gregoire, after her first six months. She had a 43 percent approval rating in Elway’s poll in 2005, compared with 50 percent disapproval. And Inslee is faring better than Mike Lowry, who had a 61 percent disapproval rating after his first six months in 1993.
The contentious 2013 legislative session particularly hurt Inslee’s image, Elway notes. When asked to rate the governor’s performance providing leadership to the state Legislature, just 35 percent gave him positive marks, while 53 percent had a negative view.
Naturally, partisan leanings colored voters’ views of Inslee: He got positive ratings from 60 percent of Democrats, but just 19 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of self-described independents.
The poll of 406 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.