| Washington State, 8 weeks Till Votes are Counted: Obama 16 Points Atop Romney:
Coming out of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama has a broad coalition of support in Washington state, with a majority of men and women, rich and poor, and educated and less educated voters in his corner, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KING5-TV in Seattle. Today: it's Obama 54%, Romney 38%. Obama leads by 26 points among women in, this, SurveyUSA's first poll of the Evergreen State since Mitt Romney appointed Paul Ryan as his running mate. Obama leads by 25 points in Greater Seattle and by 14 points in Western WA. Romney and Obama tie in Eastern WA. Independents break 4:3 Democrat. Moderates break Democrat by 7:3. Obama leads by 25 points among voters with a 4-year college degree. Obama leads by 18 points among upper-income voters. Little has changed compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 6 weeks ago. Then, Obama led by 17 points, today by 16 points.
Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research: SurveyUSA interviewed 700 state of Washington adults 09/07/12 through 09/09/12, using blended sample, mixed mode. Of the adults, 607 were registered to vote; of the registered voters, 524 were identified by SurveyUSA as being likely to vote in the November general election. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (71% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephones in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (29% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device. Obama carried Washington State by 17 points in 2008. 12 electoral votes are at stake in 2012.