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New SurveyUSA/KING-TV poll has good and bad news for Patty Murray

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Aug. 11, 2010 at 10:50 am |
August 11, 2010 11:05 am

At least she isn’t trailing her GOP rivals. But U.S. Sen. Patty Murray‘s 41 percent support isn’t exactly a show of strength for a three-term incumbent.

The poll surveyed 1,100 residents, 920 of whom are registered voters. From that sample, the poll identified 675 voters who had already voted in the primary or were likely to vote.

Here are the numbers: Murray 41 percent; Dino Rossi 33 percent; Clint Didier 11 percent; Paul Akers 5 percent, others 5 percent.

Again, Murray leads, but the three most-prominent Republicans in the race totaled 49 percent of the vote.

Two notes: the poll narrative mistakenly says this is Washington’s first “open primary.” In fact the top two primary was used in 2008 and 2009.

Also, it has this interested result about voters who say they support the tea party movement:

Among the 1 in 3 voters with a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement, 56% vote for Rossi; 24% vote for Didier. Among the 4 in 10 with an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party, Murray gets 78%.

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