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Washington Governor: Gregoire (D) 52% Rossi (R) 41%

The re-election prospects for Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (D) have improved significantly over the past two months. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Washington voters shows Gregoire leading her Republican challenger, Dino Rossi, by eleven percentage points. It’s Gregoire 52% Rossi 41%.

In late March, Gregoire was up by just a statistically insignificant single percentage point. In February, Rossi had a one point advantage. Four years ago, the 2004 election between the same two candidates was one of the closest elections in the state’s history.

Gregoire is supported by 86% of Democrats and has a has a nine-point lead among unaffiliated voters. Both those figures reflect significant improvement for Gregoire since March. Rossi earns the vote from 88% of Republicans, up slightly from 85% in the previous poll. The incumbent Democrat now leads among both men and women.

Gregoire is now viewed favorably by 55% of the state’s voters while Rossi is viewed favorably by 49%. For Gregoire, that represents a two-point gain from the previous survey while Rossi’s figure is down two points.

Those figures include 24% with a Very Favorable opinion of Gregoire and 22% with a Very Unfavorable opinion of her. Twenty-six percent (26%) have a Very Favorable opinion of Rossi while 25% have a Very Unfavorable view.

When it comes to the way she has performed her role as Governor, 44% of Washington voters give Gregoire a good or excellent rating. That’s down a couple of points since March. Twenty-six percent (26%) now say she is doing a poor job.

In the state’s presidential election, Barack Obama has opened a double digit lead over John McCain.

Just 11% of Washington voters believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction. Eighty-one percent (81%) disagree and say the nation has gotten off on the wrong track.

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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 May 12, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 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

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