PPP presidential poll in Washington state

Public Policy Polling has released a new poll on presidential politics taken in Washington state. The poll surveyed 1,264 voters (2.76% MOE) from 16th to the 19th of February.

Here are a few highlights. First the big four head-to-head match-ups. PPP writes:

Mitt Romney’s fortunes have really been sinking in PPP’s look ahead to the fall campaign, to the point where he routinely now performs worse against President Obama than the surging Rick Santorum does. Indeed, in Washington state, Romney not only trails Santorum with general election voters, but also Ron Paul.

  • Obama 52%, Santorum 40%
  • Obama 53%, Romney 38%
  • Obama 55%, Gingrich 35%
  • Obama 51%, Paul 38%

To put these numbers into context, Washington went for Kerry over Bush, 52.8% to 45.6% in 2004, and Obama over McCain, 57.7% to 40.5% in 2008.

Obama has a net positive job approval: 51% approve, 45% disapprove.

The four Republican candidates have terrible favorables:

  • Santorum 36% favorable, 51% unfavorable
  • Romney 27% favorable, 63% unfavorable
  • Gingrich 19% favorable, 69% unfavorable
  • Paul 31% favorable, 55% unfavorable

I think we can safely say that Washington isn’t turning red any time soon. I’ll be posting new poll analyses soon.


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    Hate the feckless, self-parodying Republican pretenders to the White House but can’t fund government services to save our lives…

    Wow. How sweet it is be “blue”..

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republicans can count on the 40% of Washington voters who are brain dead — hell, even Richard Pope got 40% in a statewide race, simply by pasting an “R” next to his name — but that’s all they ever get. Republicans are too radical for Washington.

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    zzippy spews:

    Sorry if this has been addressed before in this blog, but every time I see your polling info, Darryl, which is quite interesting, I think to myself, “So, during recent years, in WA elections, Democrats have been way ahead at the U.S. presidential level, but neck and neck at best at the governor level, and might actually lose this year. These are both races that are measured on a state-wide(-ish) basis with Rs against Ds, and they happen at the same time, so why is there such a disparity in them?”

    A possible reason might be that the state’s R or D candidates are less like their federal counterparts. Or it could be that WA voters vote for people instead of parties (and Rossi and McKenna have something that I don’t see).

    Any other thoughts?

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    proud leftist spews:

    Given the google definition of “santorum,” any post that references “surging Santorum” is not very esthetic.

  5. 7

    Betty Dobson spews:

    Mitt Romney is a financial wizard with an MBA in Business and a law degree. He has a proven track record in business and gets results. Do you want this clueless empty suit to get four more years? When the 1% are broke, who will pay the entitlements then? A family on government assistance gets $32,700 per year while some poor old working man gets $32,400 after taxes. Entitlements stink!!

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    rhp6033 spews:

    # 7: Romney and Baine Capital’s strategy was to (a) take somebody else’s money, (b) buy up a company (paying bribes to existing management in the form of “exit fees”, and “bonuses”, to maker sure the deal goes through; (c) mortgage the company to the hilt to pay back the investors and the huge “management fees” to Romney and his cohorts at Baine Capital, (d) file Chapt. 11 to cancel out vendor debt and employee pension plans, and (d) then sell of the rest by bits and pieces like an old car being parted out, with American workers losing jobs in the process.

    It doesn’t take a financial wizard to do that. It takes someone with no moral scruples.

    Although we can agree that he has a proven track record – of vulture capitalism.