4 Candidates in Race for Seattle Mayor Have Credible Storyline To Advance Beyond 08/06/13 Primary; Murray & McGinn on Top
19 days until votes are counted in the Primary for Seattle Mayor, 4 candidates are in double digits, each with a possible path to being one of the “Top Two” finishers, enabling them to advance to a 11/05/13 General Election, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KING-TV. As it stands at this hour, based on interviews with 501 likely primary voters:
* Ed Murray is at 22%, with strong support from females, middle-aged voters, liberals and the most affluent.
* Incumbent Mike McGinn is at 21%, with disproportionate support from young voters, Hispanics, and the city’s least affluent voters.
* Peter Steinbrueck is at 14%, backed by Independents, Moderates, and older voters.
* Bruce Harrell is at 11%, backed by seniors and Asian Americans.
Among the larger group of registered voters: 32% today approve of the job that McGinn is doing as Mayor. 39% today say the city is headed in the right direction. 32% approve of the job the Seattle City Council is doing.
An extraordinary 68% of registered voters are “very concerned” about Seattle’s traffic and transportation. Another 27% are “somewhat concerned,” bringing the aggregated concerned percentage to 95%.
* 58% are very concerned about the city’s public schools.
* 51% are very concerned about the their safety.
* 47% are very concerned about the availability of housing in Seattle.
* 45% are very concerned about the quality of Seattle’s leadership.
Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 840 city of Seattle adults 07/15/13 through 07/18/13. Of the adults, 730 were registered to vote. Of the registered, 501 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 08/06/13 Primary. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (88% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. Early voting begins today, 07/18/13.