Washington voters are evenly split on how they feel about the job President Obama is doing, according to a new KING 5 News poll.
Forty-six percent of respondents said they approve of the job the president is doing, compared with 45 percent who said they disapprove.
That approval rating is up slightly from February, when a KING 5 poll found Obama’s approval rating in the state at 42 percent.
But President Obama, who is in Seattle Thursday for two fundraisers, probably doesn't have to worry about Washington state. If the election were held today, 50 percent of Washington voters would vote to reelect the president, compared with 36 percent who said they would vote for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
If Ron Paul were on the ballot as a third-party candidate, Obama would still win the election. But Paul would take votes away from Obama and Romney equally. In a three-way race, Obama would take 40 percent of Washington's vote, compared with 27 percent for Romney and 20 percent for Paul.
Ron Paul remains a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination and has not said he plans to run as an independent once Romney is officially nominated.
President Obama polls well ahead of Romney and Paul on the economy. Forty-five percent of respondents said they think the president is "strongest on the economy," compared with 31 percent who chose Romney and 14 percent who chose Paul.
Washington voters believe Obama is the candidate best able to "identify with ordinary people," favoring him 49 percent to 23 percent for Romney and 19 percent for Paul.
Forty-four percent of respondents said Obama is the "most trustworthy," compared with 26 percent who chose Romney and 18 percent who chose Paul.
Fewer than half of respondents (42 percent) said they are optimistic about their personal finances being better two years from now. Fifteen percent predicted their finances would be in worse shape, and 34 percent said the expect them to be the same.
SurveyUSA conducted the poll for KING 5 News. A total of 557 registered Washington voters were surveyed. The margin of error for each answer is plus or minus 4.2 percent.
KING 5's Robert Mak contributed.