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Toplines - Washington Senate - August 18, 2010

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Washington State Survey of 750 Likely Voters
Conducted August 18, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

       33% Strongly approve
       20% Somewhat approve
         7% Somewhat disapprove
       40% Strongly disapprove
         0% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Christine Gregoire has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job she’s been doing?

   24% Strongly approve
   20% Somewhat approve
   11% Somewhat disapprove
   41% Strongly disapprove
     3% Not sure

3* 2010 Election for United   States Senate

                                                                                                                                           
 

 

 
 

Dino Rossi (R)

 
 

Patty Murray (D)

 
 

Some other   candidate

 
 

Not sure

 
 

August   18, 2010

 
 

44%

 
 

48%

 
 

4%

 
 

4%

 
 

July   28, 2010

 
 

47%

 
 

49%

 
 

2%

 
 

2%

 
 

July   14, 2010

 
 

48%

 
 

45%

 
 

3%

 
 

3%

 
 

June   22, 2010

 
 

47%

 
 

47%

 
 

3%

 
 

3%

 
 

May   26, 2010

 
 

47%

 
 

48%

 
 

2%

 
 

4%

 
 

May   4, 2010

 
 

46%

 
 

48%

 
 

2%

 
 

3%

 
 

April   6, 2010

 
 

46%

 
 

48%

 
 

3%

 
 

4%

 
 

Mar   9, 2010

 
 

49%

 
 

46%

 
 

3%

 
 

2%

 
 

Jan 11, 2010

 
 

48%

 
 

46%

 
 

1%

 
 

5%

 

 

                           
 

With Leaners

 
 

Dino   Rossi (R)

 
 

Patty   Murray

 

(D)

 
 

Some   Other Candidate

 
 

Not   Sure

 
 

August 18, 2010

 
 

46%

 
 

50%

 
 

1%

 
 

3%

 

 

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

 

                                               
 

Candidate   for the WA Senate Race

 
 

Very   Favorable

 
 

Somewhat   Favorable

 
 

Somewhat   Unfavorable

 
 

Very   Unfavorable

 
 

Not   sure

 
 

Rossi

 
 

25%

 
 

28%

 
 

13%

 
 

30%

 
 

3%

 
 

Murray

 
 

32%

 
 

20%

 
 

12%

 
 

33%

 
 

2%

 

 

5* Tax cuts implemented during the Bush administration are scheduled to expire soon.  Should the Bush Administration tax cuts be extended or should the tax cuts end this year?

 

       51% Tax cuts should be extended

       42% Tax cuts should end this year

         8% Not sure

6* If the Bush Administration tax cuts are allowed to expire, will that help the economy, hurt the economy, or have no impact on the economy?

 

        38% Help

       42% Hurt

       11% No impact

       8% Not sure

 

    7* Suppose you had a choice between extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for all Americans or extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for everyone except the wealthy. Which would you prefer?

 

46% Extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for all Americans

45% Extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone except the wealthy

9% Not sure

 

8* The health care plan passed by Congress requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Do you Strongly Favor, Somewhat Favor, Somewhat Oppose, or Strongly Oppose a federal law that requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance?

 

    23% Strongly favor

    25% Somewhat favor

      9% Somewhat oppose

    40% Strongly oppose

      4% Not sure

 

9* Some people believe a federal law requiring every American to buy or obtain health insurance is unconstitutional. Do you favor or oppose your state suing the federal government to prevent that requirement from remaining in the law?

 

       45% Favor

       39% Oppose

       16% Not sure

 

10* Are most members of Congress willing to sell their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution?

 

54% Yes
19% No
27% Not sure

 

11* How likely is it that your own representative in Congress has sold their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution?

 

32% Very likely
28% Somewhat likely
23% Not very likely
  7% Not at all likely
11% Not sure

 

12* Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

 

  1% Excellent
  2% Good
38% Fair
57% Poor
  2% Not sure

13* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

27% Better
46% Worse
22% Staying the same
  5% Not sure

 

14* Is the United   States currently in a recession?


72% Yes
12% No
16% Not sure

 

 

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence