New polling for KING 5 television shows Republican Rob McKenna’s lead over Democrat Jay Inslee is just one percentage point – or well within the margin of error. In the poll – described here – McKenna got 42 percent, Inslee got 41 percent and 16 percent were undecided.
SurveyUSA polled 630 voters and its error margin is plus/minus 4 percent. The findings were parallel to the Elway Poll of mid-June that found McKenna up just 42 percent-to-40 percent, also within the margin of error.
Interesting findings in the KING 5 poll are that Inslee does better with women, McKenna fares better with men, and McKenna rates higher on managing the state budget. Inslee is rated barely a whisker higher on handling of education issues, and McKenna’s decision to join a lawsuit to overturn federal health reform is a very slight, net positive – or wash – for him.