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.