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Election 2008: Washington Governor
Washington Governor: Gregoire by Two

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire now has a narrow lead over repeat Republican challenger Dino Rossi in her bid for reelection.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone poll shows Gregoire attracting 50% of the vote while Rossi earns 48%. When October began, the candidates were tied. Gregoire’s support had declined steadily from May through September before improving slightly in that early October poll.

Still, the Democratic incumbent is viewed favorably by just 50% of voters statewide while Rossi earns positive reviews from 52%.

Greogoire leads by six percentage points among women but trails by three among men (full demographic crosstabs available for Premium Members).

Forty-three percent (43%) say that Gregoire is doing a good or excellent as governor while 34% say she is doing a poor job. Those figures have changed little over the past month.

This year’s election is reminiscent of the exciting match-up between the two candidates in 2004 that ended with a controversial win for Gregoire that had to be decided by the state’s courts.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Markets data shows that Gregoire is currently given a % chance of being re-elected in November. Figures updated on a 24/7basis by market participants. It costs nothing to join and add your voice to the Rasmussen Market results. The latest numbers for Washington’s presidential race will be released today at 5 p.m. Eastern.

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Washington Governor Leans Democratic

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

2002 Results

Republican

48%

49%

49%

Democratic

50%

48%

49%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 22, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Washington Trends: Rossi vs. Gregoire

Date

Rossi

Gregoire

10/22/2008

48%

50%

10/02/2008

48%

48%

09/10/2008

52%

46%

08/06/2008

43%

47%

07/09/2008

43%

49%

06/09/2008

43%

50%

05/12/2008

41%

52%

03/27/2008

46%

47%

02/28/2008

47%

46%


Favorable Ratings for Gubernatorial Candidates in Washington

 

Rossi

Gregoire

Very Favorable

32%

25%

Somewhat Favorable

20%

25%

Somewhat Unfavorable

15%

19%

Very Unfavorable

31%

31%

Not Sure

2%

1%


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.