A new poll of likely Seattle voters finds 74 percent support for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, six percentage points higher than in January. The research firm EMC found that support was strong among men and women, across all age groups and among union and non-union households. The only group with a majority…More
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Washington state voters are willing to pay higher taxes to support a variety of community services, including roads and public transportation, according to a public poll released Thursday. The Elway Poll reported that 74 percent of voters surveyed last week said they supported higher local taxes for roads and 60 percent said they supported higher taxes…More
After a year in office, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s job approval rating stands at 45 percent in a new statewide poll. The Elway Poll found 45 percent called Inslee’s performance “good” or “excellent” while 50 percent rated him “only fair” or “poor.” Inslee’s ratings are up a bit from July 2013, when 40 percent of voters gave him…More
A new poll by Stuart Elway found that voter concern about the state budget and spending has dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession hit. As it has since 2009, the economy remained the top priority for voters. The survey of 408 registered voters last week found that only 17 percent cited the state…More
A new poll by Moore Information, out of Portland, found that more Washington voters blame Republicans for the federal government shutdown than President Obama or Democrats in Congress. The survey of 500 likely voters, taken Oct. 23-24, found that 43 percent blame Republicans, while 31 percent blame President Obama and Democrats in Congress….More
Updated at 1:25 p.m. with comment from Mayor McGinn via Times reporter Lynn Thompson.
A new KING 5 poll shows Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn badly trailing challenger Ed Murray in the mayor’s race.
Murray leads with 52 percent support, compared with 30 percent for McGinn, according to the poll of 503 likely voters conducted by SurveyUSA.
John Wyble, a consultant for the McGinn campaign, took issue with the poll, suggesting the mayor was in better shape than it showed. For example, Wyble noted only 10 percent of the poll sample was cell phones versus 90 percent land lines. “I think we are behind but it’s much closer than this poll suggests,” Wyble said in an email.
Asked about the poll at a news conference Monday morning, McGinn downplayed the numbers, saying they don’t reflect his support among communities of color and low-wage workers. “This is why you run races,” McGinn said. “At the end of the day, it will be the voters who make the decision.”
A 22-point lead in the poll is obviously good news for Murray, but his campaign also was quick to express caution.More
With less than three weeks to go before the primary, Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray lead the field in the Seattle mayoral race, according to a new KING 5 poll. The poll finds Murray with 22 percent support to McGinn’s 21 percent — basically dead even given the poll’s 4.5 percent margin of…More
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…More
A group pushing for changes in education has commissioned a poll showing public backing for moves it supports — a finding quickly rejected by opponents. For example, the poll found that 66 percent of Washington state voters support giving an A-F letter grade to schools “based on how well students are learning.” Only 29 percent opposed…More
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.More