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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.

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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.


Washington Trends: Rossi vs. Gregoire

Date

Rossi

Gregoire

10/22/2008

48%

50%

48%

48%

52%

46%

43%

47%

43%

49%

43%

50%

41%

52%

46%

47%

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%


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

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