Voters: Personal style trumps education, safety in Seattle mayor’s race



Posted on November 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 11:20 PM

Seattle voters said transportation was the most important issue for them when deciding who they would vote for mayor, according to a new KING 5 News poll. But the personal style of the candidates was deemed more important than education or public safety.

With the help of Survey USA, KING 5 asked likely and actual voters about their voting attitudes in the race between incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray.

On the question of which issue was most important in making their decision, 32 percent said transportation, followed by the candidates’ personal styles at 21 percent. Fourteen percent said public schools and education followed by public safety at 13 percent. Six percent said affordable housing. Fifteen percent chose “something else” as the option.

Murray topped McGinn by large margins when asked if he would do a better job in managing key areas.

Managing city government

  • Murray: 60 percent
  • McGinn: 29 percent

Improving traffic and transportation

  • Murray: 53 percent
  • McGinn: 33 percent

Helping the city’s economy

  • Murray: 57 percent
  • McGinn: 28 percent

Overseeing the police department

  • Murray: 54 percent
  • McGinn: 29 percent

Convincing the state to pay potential cost overruns on waterfront tunnel

  • Murray: 55 percent
  • McGinn: 29 percent

Both candidates voiced support for raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. Fifty-six percent of voters said they agreed with such a raise while 38 percent opposed it.

Forty-eight percent said they feel the city is headed in the right direction while 37 percent think it’s on the wrong track.

All questions mentioned in this story had a margin of error between ± 4.3 and ± 4.4 percent.