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April 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Poll: Voters support taxes for roads, schools, parks

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…

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0 Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Elway Poll, Metro, poll

January 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Poll: Inslee job approval at 45 percent

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…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: gov. jay inslee, job approval, poll

January 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Voter concern drops for state budget, spending; economy still top priority

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…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: economy, poll, state budget

November 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Poll: Voters blame GOP more than Dems for government shutdown

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….

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September 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

KING 5 poll: Murray with big lead on McGinn in mayoral race

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.

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: 2013 Seattle mayor's race, poll, seattle mayor mike mcginn

July 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

KING 5 poll: McGinn and Murray lead Seattle mayoral race

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…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: 2013 Seattle mayoral race, Mayor Mike McGinn, poll

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…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: 2013 legislative session, grades, Majority Coalition Caucus

April 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Education group poll: Voters support grading schools, adding money

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…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: poll, Rich Wood, school grading

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.

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: poll, ron sims, seattle mayor mike mcginn

January 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: abortion poll; gun control and Senate; Rodney Tom and his district

Good morning. Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. NBC and the Wall Street Journal took the opportunity to offer a poll that shows a new majority now favors abortion. The poll is interesting, because poll numbers on this topic have been bopping around in recent years. Take a look.  In Olympia, meanwhile,…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Joe Biden, parental notification, poll

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