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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

July 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Poll: Lawmakers get D+ for work this year

Well, at least it wasn’t an F.

State lawmakers received a D+ from voters in a new poll about the 2013 Legislative session.

Seventeen percent of respondents to The Elway Poll did give the lawmakers an F, while 29 percent chose D, 34 percent chose C, 11 percent chose B and 1 percent chose A (and 9 percent had no opinion). That made for an average “GPA” of sorts of 1.34 — a D+.

The poll also found poor ratings for the Majority Coalition Caucus, a coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats that seized control of the state Senate by one vote this year.

Twenty-one percent of respondents said the coalition’s impact was positive, less than the 35 percent who classified it as negative. And 43 percent found the impact neutral or had no opinion.

On the positive side, the poll reported that more voters paid attention to the session this year — 58 percent, the highest since 1998, according to pollster Stuart Elway.

The poll surveyed 406 registered voters by phone (including cell phones) between July 9 and 11. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.

This session, lawmakers adopted a compromise $33.6 billion budget and approved a bill aimed at reducing drunken-driving, but did not reach agreement on much else.

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