KING 5 Poll: Washington governor's race a toss-up

KING 5 Poll: Washington governor's race a toss-up

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna are running for Washington governor in 2012.

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by RUSS WALKER / KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 10:03 AM

The Washington governor's race is effectively tied six months out from Election Day, a new KING 5 News poll shows.

Forty percent of Washington voters said they would vote for the Republican candidate, Attorney General Rob McKenna, if the election were held today. That's just two points more than the 38 percent who said they would support former congressman Jay Inslee, the Democrat.

Twenty-two percent of respondents said they remain undecided.

Of the respondents who said they favor McKenna or Inslee, just 51 percent said they supported their candidate enthusiastically, while 40 percent said they had reservations about their pick. This suggests a large portion of the electorate remains persuadable to change how they will vote later this year.

More voters think McKenna would have a stronger record on creating jobs -- 40 percent. Just 30 percent said Inslee would be better for job creation.

On education, voters said Inslee would do a better job (37 percent) than Mckenna (32 percent).

SurveyUSA surved 557 Washington voters on May 8 and 9. The margin of error for the questions ranged from plus or minus 4.2 percent to plus or minus 4.8 percent.

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