KING 5 poll: Obama still has comfortable lead in Washington state

KING 5 poll: Obama still has comfortable lead in Washington state

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President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney speak at the 2012 Democratic and Republican National conventions, respectively.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 2:17 PM

President Barack Obama continues to hold a big lead in Washington state over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a new KING 5 News poll.

Asked if the election were held today, 54 percent of respondents said they would support Obama, compared with 38 percent who said they would vote for Romney.

Just 4 percent of respondents said they were undecided, while another 4 percent said they plan to vote for other candidates.

The new survey shows that Obama has reclaimed some support in Washington state. A KING 5 poll conducted in May showed Obama leading Romney by 14 points, but a July poll showed that lead down to 9 points, with Obama leading 46 percent to 37 percent.

Obama carried Washington state by 17 points in 2008

Women voters are the strongest Obama backers in Washington, with 59 percent saying they support his reelection vs. 33 percent who support Romney. Among men, Obama has 50 percent support compared with 42 percent for Romney.

Not surprising: Obama enjoys his biggest support in Metro Seattle (King, Pierce and Snohomish counties), where 59 percent of respondents said they would vote to reelect the president; just 34 percent said they would vote for Romney. In Eastern Washington -- the state's more conservative region -- the two candidates are tied at 44 percent each.

The poll, conducted for KING 5 by SurveyUSA, interviewed 700 Washington adults between Sept. 7 and 9. Of the total number of respondents, 524 were identified as "likely voters" in the November election. Most respondents were reached via land lines, but 29 percent responded to the questionnaire on a smartphone, tablet computer, laptop or other electronic device. The margin of error for the presidential question was plus or minus 4.4 percent.

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