SEATTLE – A new KING 5 News poll shows approval ratings for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn are going up while Gov. Chris Gregoire's ratings are at their lowest in five years.
SurveyUSA polled 500 city residents and found 45 percent approve of the job McGinn is doing. That's up seven points from the last poll we took three months ago. Thirty-eight percent disapprove and 17 percent are still not sure.
McGinn has been in the news a lot lately. He's faced off with the Seattle City Council over the deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. He's nominated a new police chief, dealt with violence in the Belltown neighborhood and worked on improving the city's nightlife.
Another public official in the plus column is Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna. He faced controversy this spring in joining a lawsuit against the national health care reform law.
In a poll of 600 state residents, 46 percent approve of McKenna's job performance. McKenna is seen as a possible Republican candidate for governor in 2012.
Pres. Obama's popularity has been slipping across the nation and that trend shows up in our state poll as well. Forty-three percent of Washington state residents approve of Obama's job performance while 53 percent disapprove.
The ratings are far worse for Gregoire as she faces a huge budget deficit. A couple of years ago, she was dead even on approval and disapproval. Today, 29 percent approve of her job performance while 67 percent disapprove. That's the largest gap for the governor since 2005 when she first took office and we began tracking her approval ratings.