If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.

 

Washington Governor: Gregoire Leads Rossi by Seven

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire’s lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi has narrowed to 7%, highlighting the volatility in the repeat match-up.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Washington voters shows Gregoire is now supported by 50% of the state’s voters while Rossi earns the vote from 43%. A month ago, the Democratic incumbent enjoyed an eleven-point lead. In February, the race was a toss-up.

Rossi also is closing the favorability gap. For the second month in a row, the incumbent is viewed favorably by 55% of voters, but the challenger, who last month scored 49% in that category, has now climbed to 52%. And 26% of voters now have a Very Favorable view of Rossi as opposed to 22% for Gregoire.

The two first faced each other in 2004, a contest so close that it ultimately went to the courts and was won by Gregoire under controversial circumstances.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats back Gregoire while Rossi has the support of 80% of the state’s Republicans. The state’s unaffiliated voters haven’t settled on a favorite and Gregoire’s lead among those voters has evaporated. Her nine percentage point lead last month – 46% to 37% -- has now become a 12-point deficit, with Rossi leading among unaffiliated voters 49% to 37%.

Gregoire continues to lead Rossi with women voters 55% to 37% but has lost the edge she had with male voters last month.

Forty-five percent (45%) give Gregoire good or excellent marks as governor, while 25% rate her performance as poor.

In the state’s presidential election, Barack Obama maintains a double digit lead over John McCain. Nationally, Obama currently enjoys a modest lead in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

See survey questions and toplines. Crosstabs are available to Premium Members only.

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 June 9, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

See Methodology


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.