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New Washington Poll shows slight lead for Patty Murray over Dino Rossi, little voter appetite for taxes

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm with 5 Comments »
October 29, 2010 12:34 pm

A new Washington Poll released today indicates a tighter U.S. Senate race than the same poll found just two weeks ago.

In a survey of survey of 1,000 registered voters, Patty Murray was the certain choice of 46 percent while Dino Rossi was favored by 42 percent. After the pollsters asked whether their votes could change and to which candidate they were leaning, the total rose to 49 percent Murray and 45 percent Rossi.

The results are a combination of the sentiments of 500 voters polled between Oct. 5 and Oct. 15 and another 500 voters polled between Oct. 18 and Oct. 28. The earlier sample had given Murray a 50-42 combined-vote advantage.

When likely voters were pulled out of the larger sample, Murray’s poll support jumped to 51 percent to 45 percent. Seeing a Democratic bump when likely voters are isolated out contradicts what is happening nationally and in other states.

Here’s a link to the pdf of the WashingtonPoll results.

Also this week, KING TV released a new SurveyUSA poll that showed the U.S. Senate race in a dead heat with both Murray and Rossi getting support from 47 percent of those polled.

Here’s what the Washington Poll found when it asked voters about ballot measures (with likely voter totals only).

Income Tax (Initiative 1098) – Yes, 44 percent; No, 50 percent
Liquor Privatization-Costco (Initiative 1100) – Yes, 49 percent; No, 47 percent).
Tax Repeal (Initiative 1107) – Yes, 57 percent; No, 40 percent.
Two-thirds Tax Vote (Initiative 1053) – Yes, 60 percent; No, 29 percent.

The poll was conducted by researchers at the University of Washington. Some of the funding was provided by KCTS-TV and KPLU radio.

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  1. newshound100 says:

    The 1053 poll is a real eye-opener . I thought that vote would be close.

  2. Proconsul8 says:

    Wow. Another inconclusive poll. Results that benefit Murray within margin of error and several percentage points of undecideds or weakly opinionated. “Likely voters” is a pathetic category to use since the only poll that will count of these people will be the ones that actually submit ballots. And that will be seen after 8PM on Nov 2. Until then, this is the best the Marxidems can muster to encourage their own footsoldiers to come out for Muddled Murray. Pathetic.

  3. If voters keep Patty in office,they will have 6 more years of knashing their teeth,realizing the mistake they have made.Then not being smart enough to know how to correct what they did,they will vote for her again!

  4. It appears that there are a lot of folks that can,t wait for the State to get its hands on their money!!I am writing about the generous offer to let everone in Wa.State to join the Paupers Club.This is what you can expect if I 1098 passes.Also If the poll numbers hold up and 1093 is defeated,maybe the legislators will get the message not to mess with the inititives the people have passed.But having watched them in action before,I feel they would just say,THESE PEOPLE ARE STUPID AND WE KNOW WHATS BEST FOR THEM!!

  5. these polls are made to suppress the vote one way or another 6 points difference for the income tax..please who are the 500 polled! Talk to your friends if 3 out of ten think this is a good idea change those friends.

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