KING 5 Poll: Mayor gets good marks for handling of May Day protests

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by RUSS WALKER / KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Updated Thursday, May 3 at 5:41 PM

Half of Seattle residents approve of how Mayor Mike McGinn handled the destructive May Day demonstrations in downtown this week, according to a KING 5 News poll conducted Wednesday.

Just 35 percent of respondents said they disapproved of how the mayor handled the May Day protests, slightly higher than the 31 percent who said they disapproved of how the Seattle Police Department handled the protests (compared with 56 percent approval for SPD's work on May 1).

But the good marks for handling the protests didn't translate to the public's view of the job the mayor is doing in office. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they disapprove of McGinn's work as mayor, compared with 32 percent who said they approve and 19 percent who said they weren't sure.

Asked to characterize Seattle residents' attitude toward protests, 37 percent said they are "too tolerant" of protesters, compared with 15 percent who said "not tolerant enough."  Forty percent said they think Seattle's attitude toward protests is "just about right."

Very few respondents (18 percent) said street protests influence how they feel about issues, with 68 percent saying it's unlikely that a protest would change how they feel about an issue.

The survey of 500 Seattle adults was conducted for KING 5 News on May 2 by SurveyUSA. The margin of error ranged from plus or minus 4.2 percent to plus or minus 4.5 percent.

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