The Capitol Record

McKenna slightly ahead of Inslee in new Elway poll

A new Elway poll today shows Republican Rob McKenna two points ahead in the governor’s race over Democrat Jay Inslee, 47 to 45 percent, among “likely voters” in Washington.

It marks a shift from the past two months, when Inslee held the lead in the same poll. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent.

The survey offered some interesting insight — for example, Inslee supporters were more likely to cite specific issues, including the environment, health care, women’s issues and education. McKenna’s supporters, meanwhile, were more likely to cite their candidate’s “experience and knowledge.”

Secretary of State is a dead draw: Both Democrat Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman stand at 34 percent, with 32 percent of voters undecided.

The race for attorney general is also tight. Democrat Bob Ferguson has a slight lead over Republican Reagan Dunn, 38 to 36 percent.

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat, has a 10-point lead over Republican challenger Bill Finkbeiner.

In the race for state auditor, Democrat Troy Kelley has a 5-point lead over Republican James Watkins.

All the ballot measures were leading to varying degrees:

Referendum 74 (same-sex marriage): Yes 49, No 45. Opposition has grown over the past month, while support has remained unchanged since July.

Initiative 1240 (allow charter schools): Yes 48, No 35. A majority of Republicans and Independents support allowing charter schools, while half of Democrats oppose it.

Initiative 502 (legalize marijuana): Yes 48, No 44. Younger voters support the measure at higher rates, with 55 percent of those under the age of 35 planning to vote yes. Only 35 percent of voters age 65 and older planned to vote yes.

Initiative 1185 (2/3 supermajority to raise taxes): Yes 49, No 30.

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